Geographic Information Systems

What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems are computer based mapping and database analysis tools that allow you to integrate and analyse spatial data (information about locations). The geographical data can include tables of information, images or representations of real-world entities, such as lines for roads, points for trees and polygons for buildings. The advantage of GIS is that you can then query all the tables and layers and perform analyses between and within all these forms of data. GIS gives you powerful tools to make visual and analytical inferences that would be nearly impossible to interpret from plain tables of data.


SPAN's staff have the expertise to provide advice and resources to adapt GIS to suit the needs of individual projects for Faculties, Schools, Divisions or Departments within Charles Sturt.

SPAN can help with:

  • Sourcing appropriate data
  • Importing collected field survey data for use within the GIS
  • Formatting data for GIS processing
  • Linking data for mapping, analysis and presentation
  • Analysis and mapping for research projects
  • Map design to showcase your research
  • Interactive web mapping
  • GIS software and support for researchers and staff

Examples of some research projects that SPAN has supported can be found on our research page.

How do I get started?

SPAN uses the ESRI suite of GIS products and can provide access to training resources and on-line tutorials.

GIS software can be borrowed / accessed through SPAN for you to install on your local computer.

Contact SPAN to see how GIS technology and techniques can enhance your project today.