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Digital Mapping: Mapping Resources @ UK

An introductory guide offering resources for projects involving digital mapping and geospatial technologies.

Obtaining ArcGIS

myVirtualDEN Software

Via myVirtualDen, any UK student can access from their personal computer an array of software, including ArcGIS and QGIS. Citrix Receiver software is required. Information about downloading it can be found here.

Once you have downloaded Citrix Receiver, you should be able to access myVirtualDen via: [Note: you will need your linkblue information.]

Once you log in, make sure you are on the "Applications" page. Then click on the "Instructional Software" folder. You will then see a folder for "ArcGIS" and an icon for "QGIS." Select your preferred program.

Campus Computers with ArcGIS

ArcGIS is available in each of the Learning Lab Spaces located around campus. For details regarding location and hours, please consult their website. Additionally, ArcGIS is available on the computers located in the Science & Engineering Library and Young Library. Information about each library can be found here.

Mapping & GIS Courses

Depending on your mapping needs you may want to investigate UK's current course catalogs. Several different departments offer various courses in mapping and geospatial technologies. Specific departments:  Anthropology, Engineering, Earth & Environmental Science, Forestry, Geography, and Public Health.

Additionally, the UK Geography Department offers an online graduate certificate in digital mapping:

Library Map Collection

The Map Collection is located on the 4th floor of the Science and Engineering Library. Access to the collection is generally available M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Prior to arriving, please call the Science and Engineering Library desk at (859) 257-0121 to make sure staff will be available to assist you. For additional information about the collection:

Kentucky Geological Survey

Kentucky Geological Survey is a state supported research center and public resource within the University of Kentucky. KGS focuses on geologic resources, environmental issues, and natural hazards affecting Kentucky. Assorted data, publications, and online maps can be found on KGS's website.