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The DSI GIS Hub offers support in the use of Geographic Information Systems for researchers and students across UZH. It is your first point of contact if you have a question about how to use GIS in your research or teaching, providing rapid feedback on your questions, bundled with the possibility of project support, workshops and a free to use web-mapping server.

The DSI GIS Hub offers Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services to researchers and students across UZH. The hub is interdisciplinary in the breadth of services offered, the knowledge, skills and abilities provided by the team implementing the project, and in the breadth of disciplines it supports.

The hub’s focus is on providing support, advice and infrastructure to help students and researchers from across the UZH, and especially in the arts, humanities and social sciences, realize their own GIS related projects, for example, assisting with data collection strategies, producing maps of research data, carrying out spatial analysis and publishing research results as open data. As such, the hub offers services for workflows ranging from the creation, analysis and visualization of spatial data to their publication online as interactive webmaps.

The hub offers three principal services:

  1. a service hub triaging and responding to requests for advice;
  2. regular practical workshops to develop skills and promote GIS use; and
  3. provision of a free to use web-mapping server, allowing you to quickly and easily publish project results to the web.

The hub is run by a coordinator employed to promote, develop and manage the hub’s activities. We offer a visionary approach to student involvement, offering experienced GIS students the opportunity of paid work implementing projects under the guidance of a coordinator and the project team.

Project duration: 01.06.2022 - 31.12.2024

Website: GIS Hub

Project Team

Ross Purves is professor of Gecomputation at the Department of Geography. He has carried out extensive research on the use of natural language to answer geographic questions, particularly with respect to the environment, and has a profound knowledge of uncertainty in the application of GIS.

Leyla Ciragan is a member of Digital Teaching and Research and responsible for developing Digital Humanities topics and infrastructure in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  She is a Germanist and Computer Scientist bringing knowledge in technical infrastructure and in the Digital Humanities.

Daniel Ursprung is a member of the Department of History, specialising on Eastern Europe and the Balkans from late medieval to the modern period. He has extensive experience in the use of GIS to explore historically relevant questions, and a long history of teaching GIS skills.

Peter Ranacher leads the Spatial Data Science Group at the University Research Priority Programme in Language and Space. He is an expert on the analysis of movement data, and has latterly focused his research on the analysis of relationships between languages across time and space.