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The University of Arizona

GIS & Geospatial Data

We designed this guide to help you use geographic information and geospatial data in your research.


Chris Kollen
Main A501
(520) 305-0495

Library GIS Specialist

Ben Hickson
Main 501
(520) 621-9940

What is GIS?

UA Spatial Data Repository

UA Campus Maps

Data for Mexico

High Res Imagery and LiDAR for Pima County

Historical City Maps

Explore US Demographics

Arizona Topo Data

    Welcome to the University of Arizona GIS guide!

    This guide provides a centralized link to data and resources available to University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students, as well as for the public. If you have any questions or special request for data, help with your GIS, or maps please use the contact links for library personnel on the left side of the page.

    What is GIS?




    New GIS drop in hours this Summer


    Starting on May 24th we will be hosting drop-in hours every Wednesday this Summer from 9-11am in the iSpace Lab .  Stop by to learn more about GIS, get help with your GIS-related projects, or just to talk shop.

    The iSpace Lab is located in the Science and Engineering Library, Room 212:

    We hope to see you there!

    Introduction to QGIS

    Friday April 21st, 2pm to 4pm

    QGIS is the leading open-source GIS desktop software platform available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.  Used around the world, this fully featured, robust desktop software package provides a host of features and capabilities to help you in analysis and in creating maps. In this two-hour sessions, we will introduce QGIS, its layout, and capabilities, and walk through some common GIS tasks.  For this workshop, it is requested that users bring their own laptop with QGIS already installed.  The installation software can be downloaded at the link below.


    This workshop will be held in the Main Library, Room 313

    March Map-ness event at the Arizona State Museum on March 11th


    As part of “Culture Craft Saturdays,” on March 11th, UA GIST faculty, students, and alumni will be hosting March Map-ness from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Arizona State Museum. This event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s open house and UA’s book fair. The event will focus on fun, family-friendly mapping activities and orienteering games using your cell phone.

    • MAP your neighborhood
    • GO on a discovery hunt
    • LEARN how Southwest borders have changed over time
    • MASTER orienteering to challenge others
    • NAVIGATE distance & direction using a compass, your body & measuring tape
    • MEET curators
    • VISIT behind-the-scenes labs
    • TOUR collections storage areas


    StoryMap workshop in the iSpace learning lab on 2/24


    Learn how to create and share GIS web applications that can help you tell the story within your work. Using the suite of tools available to you in ArcGIS Online, the Story Maps workshop will walk you through the process of creating an informative and structured Story Map application using both web maps and supplementary photos and text.

    Workshop materials can be found here: