There are many exisitng help guides and tutorials that can be used to expand your knowledge of Map, Data and Government Information resources. The resources listed on this page have been provided as recommendations for self-help and learning opportunities in the area of these resources.
Tutorials and Guides
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) related definitions and some guides are listed here. GIS software, used in the manipulation of geospatial files and geographically referenced data are highlighted below.
Understanding Projections and Coordinate Systems (ESRI Help)
What is GIS? (GIS Lounge)
Help with GIS (Various Guides from OCUL)
Western community members can register for ESRI virtual campus GIS courses. The following are recommended ESRI ArcGIS Virtual Campus Courses:
Topical Guides - Government and Demographic
Canadian Federal Government Research Guide
United Nations and Affiliated Organizations Research Guide
Software License Information
The following software products are specialized products that are used in conjunction with data and geospatial files. These products are available either as a site license for users at Western, or within an academic subscription model.
ESRI - ArcGIS - Geographic Information System (GIS) Software License at Western is a site license that can be used in computing labs, through myVlab, or by access via Information Technology Services (ITS).
SAS Site License SAS Statistical Software UWO site license information is available via Information Technology Services (ITS).
SPSS Academic Licenses at Western - SPSS Statistical Software, informaton related to purchase of this statistical software is available at this link.
Beyond 20/20 Viewer Software - Quick Start Guide Software used for viewing Statistics Canada and other data