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GIS & Digital Mapping: Mapping Resources @ UK

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

GIS Lab at The Science & Engineering Library

A small GIS Lab is located adjacent to the Gwen Curtis Map Collection in the Science & Engineering Library and is open to any UK student, staff, or faculty member. Each workstation features a 30 inch monitor with ArcGIS Desktop, QGIS, Google Earth, and assorted design software available. Additionally, one computer features an 11x17 flatbed scanner. In addition to the workstations, there are assorted training workbooks and GIS reference materials available for consulting. The lab area has the same hours as the Science and Engineering Library. Current information regarding hours can be found here.

Downloading 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.

Additional Campus Computers

ArcGIS and other software can be found on select computers around campus. For details regarding location and hours, please consult this website

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.

GIS & Mapping 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.