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This guide collects information relevant to GIAL users and visitors. GIS data sources, GIS news, GIAL event information and workshop recordings will be posted here.
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2022 2:35 PM

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The purpose of this research guide is to collection information relevant for users of the UB Geography Department's Geographic Information Analysis Lab (GIAL). 

Please refer to this guide for links to updated GIS data sources, general GIS news, GIAL event information and workshop recordings. 

About GIAL

The GIAL is a multipurpose, collaborative environment shared by the department and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) supporting  all the department's research, teaching and outreach activities for students and faculty to effectively engage with other units of the university and the community at large. The GIAL computers have licenses of various GIS, remote sensing and modeling software packages to use data library resources. For more information, visit the GIAL website

Remote Learning: ArcGIS Software

ArcGIS Software

Learning or working remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic? Access to ESRI GIS software is available to UB affiliates in the following ways:

  • All UB affiliates are eligible to receive a free student edition copy of ArcGIS - One Year Education Use Only for their personal computers (available while attending UB). To obtain a copy, visit the Lockwood Library Reference Desk or contact the Map Librarian.
    • If you need an authorization code for your personal computer due to the March 2020 move to distance learning, or cannot visit the library due to other circumstances, please email To expedite the process, please include your UB Person Number in your email message. ​

ArcGIS Help Library

ESRI help for ArcGIS Desktop 10 is available. It provides programming help and explanations to situations throughout the software.

ArcGIS and Mac OS

Do you want to use AcrGIS on your Mac? Refer to the ESRI Macintosh & iOS Support page.

Map Librarian, Liaison to Geography & GIS

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Kimberly Plassche
108A Lockwood Library, North Campus

UB Geographic Information Analysis Lab (GIAL)

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