by Matthew Murray
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the framework for finding and using geographic and map data. GIS data is used in both the public and private sectors to support everything from finding out when the next bus is coming to mapping which stores in San Francisco have cats.
BCIT has several GIS programs that will go in-depth to teach you about GIS and how it’s used in urban planning, health services, transportation, and more. If you’re looking for an intro to GIS (or just want to look at some cool maps) the Library has put together this list of a few of the resources we have available.
Note: AppsAnywhere provides access to ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro software.
Videos (login with your @bcit.ca email address)
- Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by Jennifer Harrison and Madecraft (58m)
- Learn how to find data, create maps, and understand the basics of GIS.
- ArcGIS Pro Essential Training by Gordon Luckett (3h 17m)
- This course teaches the essentials of working with ArcGIS Pro, including how to get started editing GIS data and creating both 2D and 3D visualizations.
- GIS An Introduction to Mapping Technologies By Patrick McHaffie, Sungsoon Hwang, and Cassie Follett
- Explores techniques of mapping, data acquisition, field data collection, and discusses the use of GIS in Health, Digital Humanities, and other areas.
- Learning ArcGIS Pro 2, Second Edition by Tripp Corbin
- Learn how you can create 2D and 3D maps, perform spatial analysis, and visualize geospatial data.
- Geospatial Information System Use in Public Organizations: How and Why GIS Should be Used in the Public Sector edited By Nicolas Valcik and Denis Dean
- Discusses how GIS can do everything from tracking public health trends to mapping transportation routes to charting the safest handling of hazardous materials.
- The ESRI Guide to GIS analysis by Andy Mitchell and Lauren Scott Griffin (G 70.212 M57 2020)
- Teaches foundational spatial analysis and builds on that understanding with essential map-building skills to unveil and display patterns and relationships.
- GIS Fundamentals by Stephen Wise (G 70.212 W58 2014)
- Provides a clear and accessible introduction to how Geographic Information Systems store and process spatial data.
- How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier (G 108.7 M66 2018)
- Examines the ways that technology offers new opportunities for cartographic mischief, deception, and propaganda.
- Transit Maps of the World by Mark Ovenden (G 1046 P33 O94 2015)
- A comprehensive collection of historical and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth.
- The City of Burnaby’s map application can show you everything from the elevation of different parts of the city to which streets are Priority 1 Snow Removal Routes.
- BCIT’s Map Collection
- Housed in cabinets on the third floor of the Burnaby Campus Library. Maps can be checked out for 2 days.
Can’t find a specific book or map? Reach out to Matthew Murray, our GIS liaison librarian.