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Geographic Information Systems at Yale: Getting Started with GIS

Geographic Information Systems at Yale University encompasses a range of spatial applications and services. GIS is used by many disciplines at Yale University.

Virtual GIS Training

Yale members have the option to join the Esri e-Learning platform to access hundreds of GIS virtual training at no cost.

If you were familiar with access codes for virtual courses, starting August 15, 2016 those codes are no longer necessary. Instead, you need to:

  1. Access and setup, if you have not done so, your Yale University ArcGIS Online Account.
  2. Request to the GIS Team to connect your account to the Esri e-Learning
  3. You will receive an invitation from Esri. It is important that you
    • Click on the  Get Started  icon on their e-mail
    • Use your Yale Net ID to login
  4. Once you get access to the Esri e-Learning platform, you may browse their course catalog

Be aware that many instructor-led training are not included as a no-cost option with the site license. However, you may review hundreds of virtual training that are available at no cost for Yale members.

GIS at Yale University

GIS is used for many purposes that range from calculating space, analyzing spatial relationships, patterns or trends, to cartography, visualization, and site management. At Yale, researchers from all disciplines embark in projects that require geospatial technologies to answer important questions, and support learning and collaborative research initiatives. 

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) GIS Services at Yale offer a suite of services and support for all geospatial endeavors on campus and while conducting field work.

Our GIS Team includes a group of enthusiastic consultants who can work with you to integrate GIS into your various projects and learning activities. From basic to complex challenges, our consultants work tireless on a daily basis to find answers that may support your innovative methodologies.  

GIS Consultations:

ESRI's GIS Bibliography

This bibliography covers the literature of geographic information systems, science, and technology. It indexes journals, conference proceedings, books, and reports from the origins of GIS to the present. There are currently 116,670 entries in the Esri GIS Bibliography.

Sign up for the Yale GIS-L Mailing List!

Stay informed about GIS related events, announcements and issues.  We use this list to keep the Yale GIS User Community informed about everything from GIS Workshops to License Server maintenance events.

Yale GIS Day 2016

Celebrate mapping innovations with the Yale GIS community. The full-day celebration — part of the international GIS (Geographic Information System) Day — will include a GIS Colloquium, a Map Exhibition, training and networking opportunities, and a GIS Day Cake Celebration. Learn what is happening and how you can get involved in the geospatial world at Yale.

Registration and Program available at the Yale GIS Day website.

GIS and Maps Contacts

For assistance with GIS data or software, please contact the GIS team at the CSSSI at

For assistance with paper maps from the Map Department, please contact

GIS Consultations

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Miriam Olivares
GIS Librarian
Center for Science and Social Science Information
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