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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 just need to:

  1. Access and setup, if you have not done so, your Yale University ArcGIS Online Account.
  2. Once you login, please look for your name on the top right corner. 
  3. Click the drop-down menu, you should be able to find "Training"
  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 fieldwork.

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 tirelessly daily to find answers that may support your innovative methodologies.  

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GISday Conference at Yale 2019


Yale University will celebrate GIS day with the GISday Conference at Yale: Geospatial Mirrors, scheduled on Wednesday, November 13 through Friday, November 15, 2019. Our GIS community at Yale University has shown an innovative application of geographic information system (GIS) technology in analysis, visualization, gaining insights into geospatial data, and decision-making in many fields ranging from science, social science or medicine among others. 

This November, Yale University will join hundreds of organizations worldwide in hosting gatherings that will serve to ignite the imagination of the future innovators who will further advance global progress using GIS. 

To discover how the GIS community at Yale University is innovating through the application of GIS, join us during our two and a half-day conference. For more details visit

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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.

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.

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 Collection, please contact

GIS Consultations

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Miriam Olivares
GIS Librarian
Center for Science and Social Science Information