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About GIS Centre

Lund University’s GIS Centre was officially established in 1993 to initiate a better collaboration between departments, teachers and researchers regarding the use of geographical information technology. The Centre’s main task is therefore to encourage and facilitate the use of GIS within the university. To this day, our activities have been very successful, and all Faculties now acknowledge the usefulness of GIS within higher education and research.

The demand for digital geographic data and mapping services among Faculties is high and continues to increase. This generates the need to gather and coordinate the expertise required to handle and integrate these data in computer-based environments. Lund University is renowned for its experience and competence in GIS, but also in closely related fields such as cartography, geodesy, image analysis and positioning systems.

The GIS Centre acts mainly as a consulting organisation for educational purposes and development of courses, but the courses themselves remain the responsibilities of the different departments. The creation of an effective and operational collaboration requires the following basic resources:

  · Databases for digital spatial data (digital maps and data/statistics connected to maps),
  · Distribution of available GIS software packages,
  · Consulting within the field of GIS,
  · Coordination and initialization of research projects involving the use of   GIS,
  · Collaboration with external organizations outside the university, and
  · Development of courses relating to GIS.

The GIS Centre is formally part of the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at the Faculty of Science. Director of GIS Centre is Petter Pilesjö.

GIS-centre offers teachers and researchers at Lund University free access to information, short courses and software related to GIS. There is also an opportunity to try GIS at the centre and have access to free self-study-material. The GIS-centre also does external consulting work.


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