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The Data & GIS Lab supports the full data lifecycle in quantitative, qualitative, and geographical research at UCSD. We can help you find, use, work with, organize and manage geospatial, numeric and textual data in various formats.  The Lab provides access to and consulting on statistical & geospatial tools, including ArcGIS, R, Stata, Python, SPSS, SAS, and more.

The Lab also serves as the primary campus base for GIS services, access to GIS data and software, and the only place with staff to provide GIS assistance.

For additional information, including how to schedule consultations with the GIS or Data Science Librarians, please see our page on the main Library site

Available Lab Software

The Data & GIS Lab has 5 dual-monitor workstations available for use by current UC San Diego students, faculty and staff. The lab is located on the 2nd (Main) floor of the Geisel Library Building in the west wing.

One data-dedicated machine ("The Datacruncher") has additional software and greater computing power than the other 4 workstations.

All Lab Machines (5 machines)

  • Agisoft Metashape Standard
  • Anaconda Python
  • ArcGIS Business Analyst
  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Datastream (Thompson)
  • QGIS
  • R Studio
  • SAS 9.4
  • SketchUp 2019
  • SPSS
  • Stat/Transfer

Datacruncher Machine Only (1 machine)

  • Atlas.ti (8.3)
  • Abby Reader
  • NVivo 12
  • Stata/MP 15
  • Tableau 2018.2

Hours & Location

2nd (Main) Floor Geisel Library, West 

Open when the Geisel Library is open.
Staffed Monday - Friday 10am - 7pm