GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Today we were joined by Kristen Kurland who walked us through what GIS is, and how it works. Our first project will be to create a study of a “place”, and the first assignment will use GIS tools to assist us in our analysis of the site. Below are some resources from today’s lecture:

Links from today’s lecture

Slides from Lecture [Canvas]

Data Sources

Western PA Regional Data Center (

Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (

City of Pittsburgh Planning Department

Historic Pittsburgh Maps

GIS Software / Online Tools

ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Map Viewer

ArcGIS Pro (log in with your Andrew ID)

ESRI Living Atlas

ESRI Story Maps

Other Links



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