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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.

GIS Centre building

The Centre’s main task is 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.

Regarding services, the GIS centre provides:

  • Consulting within the field of GIS. This is offered internally withing Lund University as well as outside. Smaller services (less than 4 hours work) are normally offered for free withing Lund University, while the cost for more demanding consulancy services within the university and to external customers (outside Lund University) is negotiated on an individual basis

Regarding research, the GIS Centre provides:

  • Coordination, initialization, and/or collaboration in research projects involving GIS, both together with internal and extarnal partners

Regarding training, the GIS Centre mainly acts as a service 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 (provided by the GIS Centre):

  • Access to databases for digital spatial data (digital maps and data/statistics connected to maps)
  • Access to available GIS software packages (bought centrally by the GIS Centre)
  • Advice regarding development of courses including GIS

Access to data and software is offered for free to staff within Lund University. GIS-centre also offers teachers and researchers at Lund University free access to information and short courses related to GIS. There is also an opportunity to try GIS at the centre and have access to free self-study-material.

Note that the GIS Centre is interested in collaboration with external organisations outside Lund University, including consultancies.

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 Prof. Petter Pilesjö.

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