Geospatial Data

Experts are available to consult with researchers on finding, preparing, creating, and/or analyzing geospatial data.

Below is information about the provider(s) of this service.  Some providers work with members of a specific school, while others are open to the Harvard community more broadly.

Broadly applicable

Harvard Map Collection

Harvard Geospatial Library

Search and download regional and local geographical data and georeferenced scanned paper maps.

Data sets are available provided by around the world at various scales, provided by global to local. Each data set is delivered with complete metadata, making it easier to add to a GIS (geographic information system) and compare to other data sets about the same place.

Data Creation

Support with efficiently and accurately transforming paper maps into infomatiovev visualizations and actionable geospatial digital data through georeferencing and vectorization. 

Data Support

Consultation, instruction of analog geospatial materials (paper maps) and geoenabled standard tabular data for use in a variety of digital applications, including GIS analysis. We will teach you to geoenable standard tabular data through address matching or joining tables to geoographies based on common fields.

Support ranges from analysis planning to defining the most appropriate tool to visualizing the output using a number of the most common spatial tools, including ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth, and Tableau

Audience

All Harvard Affiliates

Service Provider

Harvard Map Collection

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://library.harvard.edu/services-tools/digital-mapping-and-gis-support

Contact Information

maps@harvard.edu

Center for Geographic Analysis

For a typical Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis or mapping project, Center for Geographic Analyis (CGA) staff meets with researchers to define their project requirements and the scope of work needed to achieve those requirements. For extended research tasks, work will be defined with a Project Specification. Based on the agreed upon Project Specification, CGA staff will make use of data provided by the researcher, or find sources for the base data needed, and undertake the data gathering, processing, analyzing, mapping or platform development tasks for the project. Finally, CGA will deliver the results in specified formats along with technical documentation.

The Center for Geographic Analysis can help:

  • Convert data from different formats
  • Work with data in different projections
  • Link spatial data totabular data
  • Merge or disaggregate spatial datasets

Create or Edit Data

  • Add and edit points, lines or polygons
  • Edit table attributes
  • Create and calculate new fields
  • Geocode addresses or street intersections

Analyze Spatial Data

  • Use overlay or proximity analysis tools
  • Perform geostatistical analysis
  • Perform network analysis
  • Process imagery or raster data

Present Data

  • Set symbology and display parameters
  • Create effective maps
  • Render surface or 3D data
  • Printing and plotting

Audience

All Harvard Affiliates

Service Provider 

Center for Geographic Analyis (CGA)

Service Fee

CGA provides GIS services with a flat fee of $85/hr for Harvard affiliates. Payment must be from a Harvard account (33-digit code) or a personal account of a valid Harvard ID holder.

Work paid for by external funding sources are $170/hr.

Harvard users with insufficient funding, especially first time users of CGA services, are encouraged to discuss possible discounts with CGA.

Service Website

Center for Geographic Analysis

Contact Information

Center for Geographic Analysis Contact Form

Applicable to members of a specific school or part of the campus

Harvard Kennedy School

Consultations and/or instruction associated with all types of data analysis, including qualitative, quantitative, and text analysis and education on software for that purpose such as ArcGIS, PolicyMap, Social Explorere, R, nVivo, Stata, Tableau, and OpenRefine.

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • Graduate School Fellows
  • School Graduate Students
  • School Affiliates

Service Provider

Harvard Kennedy School Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://guides.library.harvard.edu/hks/data_resources

Contact Information

library_research@hks.harvard.edu

Harvard Law School

Data Analysis & Visualization

Full services for faculty and consultation for students for Geospatial analysis and visualization using ArcGIS.

Audience

School Faculty (HLS)

Service Provider

Harvard Law School Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

http://asklib.law.harvard.edu/

Contact Information