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UVa GIS Resources

Geographic Information Science
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Chris Gist
Alderman Library Room 417
38°2'11.23"N | 78°30'21.00"W
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Drew MacQueen
Scholars' Lab
415 Alderman Library


The Scholars' Lab located in Alderman Library is the home of the UVa Geographic Information Science (GIS) support group.  We support all UVa affiliates in four basic areas of GIS: software, data, consultations, and education.

Got a spatial question?  Ask us!


ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Issues

November 4.2022

 We have had numerous requests for assistance around two issues in recent weeks.

  1.  People using ArcGIS Pro 2.9 on Windows 11 experience crashing when accessing Symbology tools. The best option here is to upgrade ArcGIS Pro to ver 3.0. Pro has an automatic update option. Please check the following link on how to turn this on.

  1. Users on-Grounds using Eduroam do not have access to certain services from ArcGIS Online. Users attempting to access layers and background layers via ArcGIS Pro are receiving errors that those layers are not available.  While we attempt to correct this issue, we have found that using the University’s VPN (UVa Anywhere) seems to alleviate the problem.

UVa Anywhere

 As always, please feel free to contact us for more information or assistance.


Spring Workshop Series

All sessions are one hour and assume participants have no previous experience using GIS. Sessions will be hands-on demonstrations with step-by-step tutorials and expert assistance. All sessions will be taught on Wednesdays from 11AM to 12PM and are free and open to the UVa and larger Charlottesville community. Late-comers are welcome and encouraged, registration will remain open until the conclusion of the workshop. Use the links below to register and get a Zoom link.

February 1st - Introduction to ArcGIS Online

With ArcGIS Online, you can use and create maps and scenes, access ready-to-use maps, layers and analytics, publish data as web layers, collaborate and share, access maps from any device, make maps with your Microsoft Excel data, and customize the ArcGIS Online website.

February 8th - Find and Create Spatial Data

Start your data search with AGOL's curated collection of geographic information from around the globe. Not finding the data you seek? We'll cover how to create your own data, and how to share it with the world.

February 15th - Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online provides a select set of the most common analysis tools, all from the convenience of your browser. Perform basic analysis with tools like Buffer and Spatial Join. Or, enhance your data, taking advantage of the always up-to-date elevation, streets, and demographics data available in ArcGIS Online with tools like Create Viewshed, Find Nearest, and Enrich. Come to learn and stay for stories about the old days when we had to create all that data ourselves. Uphill. Both ways!!

February 22nd - Advanced Web Mapping and Visualization

Pop-ups, filters, clustering, advanced symbology. There are many ways to personalize your maps, enhancing the story your data tells. We’ll dive into some of the advanced functionality that allows you to fine-tune your Web Maps.

March 1st - App Your Map with Web AppBuilder

Would you like to make a custom online mapping application without have to code? Us too. ArcGIS Web AppBuilder allows developers to use drag and drop tools to create responsive mapping applications.

March 8th - Spring Break, No Workshop!

Enjoy a short break. We'll see you next week!

March 15th - Introduction to ArcGIS StoryMaps

StoryMaps is a web application builder that allows you to give context to your ArcGIS Online maps. Whether telling a story, giving a tour or comparing historic maps, StoryMaps is an easy-to-use application that creates a polished presentation.

March 22nd - Instant Apps

ArcGIS Online offers a bevy of options for enriching your map and data with web applications. From time animation to interactive multimedia, these easy-to-use templates and builders take your data to the next level. Join us as we explore some of these newer and lesser known tools.

March 29th - Collect Data in the Field

Whether you are crowd sourcing spatial data or performing survey work, having an application that records location and uploads data directly to a mapping application is incredibly useful.

Register Here!