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GIS resources, tools, and assistance.

Getting Started with GIS

GIS is applicable many subject areas.  This guide has been developed to provide a variety of information on how GIS works, what GIS is, and how to use it to enrich any subject. 

Broad Purposes of GIS

  • Visualizing data spatially
  • Decision making and problem solving

Basic Methods of GIS

  • Plotting locations of things on a map
  • Plotting quantities on a map
  • Plotting densities on a map
  • Determining spatial proximity
  • Mapping changes over time, and perform future predictions

Geospatial Software and Services at Miami University

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Robbyn Abbitt, GIS Coordinator,


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Kristen Adams

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