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GIS at UCD and on the Web: Introduction

UCD Library GIS Guide

Install ArcGIS 10.4

ArcGIS 10.4 is suitable for installation on PCs only (see note on Macs in the instructions below) and the minimum required computer specifications for installing ArcGIS 10.4 are as follows:

2 GB RAM minimum or higher 
Display Properties 24 bit color depth 
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi) 
Swap Space Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum. 
Disk Space 2.8 GB 


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Our free clinics helping you visualise data with maps resume at the end of January 2018

These free GIS clinics run by UCD Library are open to all UCD staff, researchers and students.

Digital Tools and Approaches to Connect and Transform Your Research

Digital Tools and Approaches to Connect and Transform your Research: 

UCD Library, with support from UCD Research, is organising a series of workshops bringing together those in the Humanities and Social Sciences who wish to learn and experiment with a range of technologies to enhance their research. While the term “Digital Humanities” is often used to describe this field, the technologies can be used in a wide range of disciplines e.g. Business, Health, Agriculture; this workshop series is open to researchers in all disciplines.

The workshops will include hands-on exploration of many of the tools mentioned in both this and the GIS Library guide.

For booking please visit our schedule at

These are all listed in the document below:


We are fortunate in again having Shawn Day, Digital Humanities Strategist, assist us with this workshop series.  Shawn lectures in Digital Humanities at University College Cork fostering scholarship in Digital and Medical Humanities and Social Computing.

Shawn's research interests include: Spatial Humanities, Historical Geography, Economic History, History of Health and Medicine, Medical Humanities, Data Visualisation, Information Architecture, Social Computing and Informatics. Shawn has been involved in a number of successful and innovative digital humanities projects including large manuscript census databases in the 1871/1891 census project (University of Guelph - Canada), the TAPoR text analysis portal project, the Canadian Network for Economic History (CNEH) and the Network for Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE) and most recently the Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) - a Project of the Royal Irish Academy.

Introducing a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Service

The application of Geographic Information  Systems (GIS) to research has two key benefits:

it facilitates the analysis of data through visualisation

and it provides a method for disseminating research findings in an accessible and impactful way.

Read more about GIS in this UCD Library Impact Case Study - click on the image on the right to open this document.



With thanks to Dr Ainhoa González Del Campo for her suggestions and assistance.