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Stanford Geospatial Center

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Accessing Remote Support Services from the Stanford Geospatial Center

For the most up-to-date information on the Stanford Libraries' response to COVID-19, please see:

Statement on SGC’s COVID-19 response

In line with the university’s most recent updates and guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Libraries will remain closed and support operations will be moved online, as much as is possible. The following guidance serves to provide information about existing and new remote support and alternative instruction options for Stanford users.

Stanford Geospatial Center Remote Resources Libguide: <-START HERE!

Stanford Library Hours general information:

SGC Workshops Canceled

In accordance with the University’s direction to minimize in-person instruction, the Stanford Geospatial Center Workshop series has been suspended, until guidance from the Provost directs otherwise. Much of the SGC Workshop Series is designed to be self-paced, as well as instructor-led and I have provided links to those materials, as well as other high-quality instructional materials for various platforms, in this LibGuide.

Remote Support Options

Email Support

Please use the following link to contact SGC staff for support. This link will email all SGC Support Staff, simultaneously, and the first person able to reply will get back to you as soon as possible.

Click here to Email SGC Support Staff

*NEW* #stanford-geospatial-center Slack Channel

To access the Stanford Geospatial Center’s support Slack channel, first join the Stanford Communities of Practice Slack (, then add the #stanford-geospatial-center channel. SGC Staff will monitor this channel during regular business hours, and will respond to off-hours requests at the earliest possible business hour.

Zoom Meetings

Wherever possible, we will be using Zoom for providing face-to-face support sessions. This will be the default meeting type proposed by SGC Staff, and a link to the support staff’s personal Zoom Room will be included in the invite. If you prefer in-person meetings, please let us know when you email requesting a support consultation. For more information about Stanford’s Zoom infrastructure, go to:

Geospatial Blog - latest post

GIS Day 2019

Databases of the week: maps and geospatial data plus GIS Day!

October 22, 2019
by Andria Olson

Stop! What you are about to read is good stuff but if you also register for GISDay@Stanford 2019, it will be even better.

Please note that registration is currently restricted to Stanford affiliates. If you would like to attend but are not a Stanford affiliate, please add yourself to the waiting list and we will release unclaimed tickets the week before the event.

Stanford Libraries & The Carpentries

Stanford Libraries SERG/Carpentries Workshop Series

Stanford University is a member organization of The Carpentries, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching foundational skills for research computing skills. This partnership is managed by Dr. Amy Hodge of the Stanford University Libraries, and is open to the entire campus community. Over the past few quarters the Stanford University Libraries have offered the popular two-day Software Carpentry workshops as an open enrollment to anyone on campus. Other campus organizations have also run and will continue to run similar versions of these workshops.

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National Geospatial Advisory Committee holds June 2019 meeting

July 17, 2019
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held its first in-person meeting of the year on June 11-12, 2019 in Washington, DC.  The full report of the meeting is available on the NGAC website.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our role is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).


We provide scheduled and on-demand instruction in the fundamentals of GIS, data management, data visualization tools, and spatial analysis. We can also provide customized training for specific disciplines or departments and access to advanced training online.

If you are new to GIS you can sign up for th Stanford GIS Email list here, upcoming workshop details will be distributed through the email list:

Workshop Sign Up


We provide one-on-one consultations for GIS related projects, as well as support for faculty and departments who want to bring GIS instruction to their classes. You can set up an appointment by emailing David Medeiros or Stace Maples.

Note - previous experience with ArcGIS or completion of our Introduction to ArcGIS workshop are required to make a reference appointment.

GIS data resources

The SGC has an extensive collection of basic and thematic geospatial data in digital format and Branner Library is home to a large collection of paper maps. In addition to the digital resources we have on hand GIS users can look for data online at the Earth Works geospatial data search engine.

Earth Works


Stanford affiliates are entitled to complimentary copies of ArcGIS software. Visit our Software page for download links and installation instructions as well as information for other useful GIS applications.