Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies inspires campus-wide GIS use

Ryan Real, Communications & Marketing
June 21, 2022

A screenshot of the upcoming Intelligent River project with ArcGIS technologies

The Clemson University’s Center for Geospatial Technologies was recently profiled on ESRI’s website as a leader in the higher education geographic information system (GIS) space. ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) designs and develops the world’s leading GIS technology, and their profile focuses on the outreach, education and partnerships fostered by the Center.

A partnership between Clemson Libraries and CCIT, the Center for Geospatial Technologies offers free workshops to students and employees, assists with course development and provides GIS services to a wide range of academic and operational departments at Clemson.

“This model has been a game changer in terms of collaboration to eliminate data redundancy and lower costs,” said Patricia Carbajales-Dale, executive director, Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies.

In seven years, CCGT staff leveraged workshops, word of mouth, department collaborations, campus events, and more to scale the center to where it is today: a valuable academic and operational resource. Currently, the center employs six staff members and offers internship roles. The center also facilitates workshops led by student collaborators and members from information technology (IT).

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