Welcome to the exciting (but sometimes a bit intimidating) world of GIS! Below are some pages that provide some overview about what GIS is, common file formats and issues, and how to find and cite GIS data. If you have questions at any point about selecting GIS software, finding data, or anything else GIS-related please do not hesitate to contact us at gis@carleton.ca. We are happy to help.

What is GIS?

How do I pick a GIS software?

GIS file formats

Common ArcGIS issues and how to fix them

How do I search for GIS data?

How do I cite GIS data?

What are shapefiles?

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