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Contact us at:

CSU GIS Specialty Center
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, HSS 272
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-6140
E-mail: gis@sfsu.edu
Web: csugis.sfsu.edu

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Last updated: January 15, 2013

GIS Program

CSU campus GIS annual subscriptions through the GIS Specialty Center provide significant benefits in support of campus GIS activities:

1. Site License for ESRI products

The CSU system-wide site license for software products from ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.) is a major benefit included in the subscription.

2. Technical Support Program

Each campus has a designated Technical Representative who may be able to address local technical problems directly. Two contacts per campus are authorized to contact ESRI technical support with any questions that cannot be answered locally. They can help you get the software installed, attach peripherals, and solve other configuration problems.

Note: If someone other than the campus authorized contact calls ESRI technical support, they will be referred to the CSU GIS Specialty Center staff, who will refer them to the appropriate campus contact.

3. GIS Training Programs

A variety of training programs are available.

4. ESRI User Conference and Education User Conference Registration

The ESRI User Conference and Education User Conference are held once a year in San Diego, usually in July. These conferences are a valuable way to learn more about techniques and applications of GIS. One to two complimentary registrations are available per campus under this program. During the User Conference the CSU GIS Specialty Center hosts a lunch meeting where members of the CSU GIS community may meet and provide input to the activities of the Specialty Center.

5. Networking

An important part of learning GIS technology is to see how others are using it. This CSU GIS website has been created to help facilitate inter-campus communication. It is linked to other CSU sites, where campus users can show others what they're doing (this generates a great deal of good PR, and often attracts students).

Every year the CSU Geospatial Review, a peer reviewed newsletter, is published with articles that highlight CSU campus research projects, case studies, innovations in GIScience Education, innovations in GIScience Methods

Geographic Information Science

    The synthesis of spatial theory, methods and technologies used to study and map geographic interrelationships, distributions, networks, temporal change and other spatially aware information, in order to better understand and manage limited earth resources. Includes:

  1. Geographic Information System (GIS) - is a comprehensive database tied to location, with an integrated set of tools for querying, analyzing, and displaying that information. Some important classes of GIS tools include those that support: (1) logical map overlay, integrating multi-layer data sources in an analysis; (2) proximity analysis and spatial buffering; (3) network analysis (e.g. of roads or streams); (4) geocoding and address-matching; and (5) three-dimensional surface modeling. GIS technology is rapidly gaining popularity as a means of dealing with all sorts of information stored on maps.
  2. Remote Sensing - Analysis of the earth's surface and interpretation of its features using imagery collected from air or space platforms. Image processing methods use visible and nonvisible (e.g. ultraviolet and infrared) parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to interpret land cover patterns of vegetation, soil, land use, and environmental systems, including up-to-the-minute changes in these systems. With new satellite platforms going up every year, with increasing richness in spatial and spectral detail, this technology is becoming an essential tool for geographic information scientists.
  3. Cartography - The art and science of making maps. An important methodological arena for geographic information scientists is communicating the results of studies. Cartographical theories and methods focus on information content, symbolization and design to get the correct message across.
  4. Global Positioning System(GPS) - provides a means for determining earth location and navigation, using a constellation of formerly military GPS satellites and the technology for interpreting their signals. Field data collection for GIS and Remote Sensing projects is increasingly dependent on GPS.