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

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Get expert help this quarter

January 14, 2021
by Ashley Jester

Are you looking for help with coding, maps, or data this quarter?  Maybe you have questions about Arduinos, Rapsberry Pis, or other micro-controllers and processers?  Do you need to borrow workbench tools or a 3D printer?  If this sounds like you, we may have just the expert you are looking for!

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Expert Research Consulting

September 22, 2020
by Amy E. Hodge

Stanford's Science & Engineering Libraries' Experts will be offering 1:1 Research Consulting appointments via Zoom during the fall quarter. These appointments will focus on assisting grad students and other scientific researchers with software, coding, and data issues and questions related to research projects.

The service will be staffed by the following librarians and staff from our Science and Engineering Libraries:

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Science and Engineering Libraries NGSO Video

September 12, 2020
by Zac Painter

On Tuesday September 01, the Stanford Libraries Science and Engineering Group hosted a one-hour information session for new graduate students in the STEM disciplines. The services of the Libraries, and an introduction to the people involved, were on the agenda.

A recording for the event is available at this link. The content is available to all members of the Stanford community who would like to know more about our services. Please say hello to us! We are excited to welcome you for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.


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.