Numeric and Spatial Data Services Home



Scholarly Commons, 306 Main Library

Fall 2012 Hours:

Walk in Consultations: 1:00-3:00 Mondays

Survey Consultations : 1:00-4:00 Tuesdays

Open Lab: 1:00-5:00 Tuesdays (More Information)

By appointment: email datagis at library dot illinois dot edu

Lync consultations: 1:00-3:00 Wednesdays (call 333-7751); 1:00-3:00 Fridays (call 333-2472)


Karen Hogenboom, Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian

(217-333-2472, hogenboo at illinois dot edu)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is numeric and spatial data?

Numeric and spatial data are "raw" data (as compared to published statistical tables or maps). Numeric data can be analyzed using statistical software like SPSS, SAS and Stata. Spatial data is raw geographic information that can be loaded into GIS software like ArcGIS, MapInfo, or GRASS for analysis.

Where can I use GIS software in the library?

ArcGIS and Google Earth are available on the workstations in the Scholarly Commons, Main Library 306, and ArcGIS is available on one workstation in the Map and Geography Library. Google Earth is available in the CITES computer lab in the Undergraduate Library. ATLAS's labs in the Foreign Language Building Room G8 and at 608 S. Matthews Ave. also have Arc GIS and Google Earth available and are open to anyone on campus on a first come, first served basis. ArcGIS is also installed on the Windows computers in the Academic Computing Facility at the ACES Library.

Where can I use statistical software packages in the library? Which programs are available?

The Scholarly Commons has SPSS, SAS, R, and Stata on its workstations; ATLAS has the same programs in its labs at the Foreign Language Building Room G8 and at 608 S. Matthews Ave. The CITES computer lab in the Undergraduate Library has SPSS, SAS, and R (login required). The Academic Computing Facility at the ACES Library has R, SAS, Stata and SPSS installed.

I can't find the data I need. Who should I talk to?

A consultant is available in Room 306 of the Main Library during scheduled hours when classes are in session. Current hours are listed in the left sidebar on this page. This service is staffed by the library and ATLAS, and is available to everyone on campus. You can also e-mail datagis at library dot illinois dot edu. ATLAS also has expanded consulting hours for students and faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. See for more information.

Can I get training in using GIS and statistical software?

The library offers basic training in GIS concepts and in using SPSS to analyze statistical data from ICPSR and Roper as part of the Savvy Researcher workshop series. If you need more advanced training, ESRI's online training modules for ArcGIS are free to faculty, staff and students via the University of Illinois Webstore. Classes and workshops on campus where statistical methods and GIS concepts are covered in more detail are listed here:

Can you put my services on your web page?

We included the data services we know about that are available to large portions of the campus community. If you have a complementary service, let us know and we would be glad to include it.