Welcome to GIS at UD!

UD community members have been working with GIS for over 25 years.  Today, GIS is used in some way in most colleges and departments on campus. Support for GIS at UD is sponsored by units in the Library and Information Technologies.

News & Events

The University of Delaware GIS Community

UD community members have been working with GIS for over 25 years.  Today, GIS is used in some way in most colleges and departments on campus.  Here are some of the departments and centers using GIS; places with particular expertise are listed in bold.


  • Information Technologies
  • University Libraries
Academic Departments
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics and Statistics
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Geography
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Political Sci & Int Relations
  • School of Marine Science & Policy
  • Geological Sciences
  • Entomology & Wildlife Ecology
  • School of Public Policy & Administration
Research Centers
  • Center for Applied Demography & Survey Research
  • Center for Drug and Health Studies
  • Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Center for Historic Architecture and Design
  • Center for Remote Sensing
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Delaware Environmental Insitute
  • Delaware Environmental Monitoring & Analysis Center
  • Delaware Environmental Observing System
  • Delaware Center for Transportation
  • Delaware Geological Survey
  • Disaster Research Center
  • Institute for Public Admin
  • Institute of Energy Conversion
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center

News, Events, and Announcements for the UD GIS community, Winter 2014

News, Events, and Announcements for the UD GIS community, Winter 2014


  • The State of Delaware has launched its FirstMap enterprise GIS.  This should ultimately function as a replacement for the much-loved-but-retired Delaware DataMIL.  At the moment FirstMap is mostly useful for feature and image services, with downloadable vector layers still only available through the Delaware Geospatial Data Exchange.  Imagery Years available are:  1937, 1954, 1961, 1968, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012.
  • A Delaware geocoding service has been published on Maryland’s “iMap” geospatial data site.  This is the best geocoding service to use until we have a State of Delaware offering.
  • The State of Delaware is seeking input on aerial imagery needs/feedback on collection specifications

 Collaborations, Publications, and Honors

  • Delaware Geological Survey is taking advantage of the ArcGIS Online subscription to serve a tile service for mobile device data collection, in the field
  • We’ve set up an ArcGIS Server 10.2 instance, running on a Centos VM, for use by Facilities and hosting legacy projects.  There may be opportunities for collaboration.  Facilities is using data created by the Delaware T2 Center/Civil Engineering students, using ArcPad.
  • We’re working with Byungyun Yang (Geography) on setting up an ArcGIS Server instance for Geography.  There may be opportunities for collaboration.
  • Cathy Geiger (Geography) and I developed an installation procedure for a software stack including Python, ArcPy, and various OSGeo4W components, including GDAL.  For more information, contact cgeiger@udel.edu
  • Ongoing work on USDA “Lima Bean” grant.  Current stack includes: leaflet, msyql, and cake php
  • The State of Delaware is looking for organizations interested in partnering on a LIDAR feature dataset (i.e., building footprints).

Software Updates

  • We have released a new UDeploy which includes all UD-licensed software, including geospatial software, in one location
  • ArcGIS (arcpy), and ENVI/IDL are now available on Farber, UD’s newest community compute cluster.
  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.3 and ArcPro 1.0 are available for limited pre-release evaluation

Data Updates


Past Events and Webinars

Other Opportunities

Area/Forwarded Job Postings (if no link, email me mearns@udel.edu, and I’ll forward the email announcements)

  • Lecturer, University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences, Center for Geospatial Information Science
  • Water Resources/Planning Intern and Water/Wastewater Intern, MWH Americas, Sacremento, CA
  • Project Coordinator (part-time)  Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC), Newtown Square, PA
  • Research Associate Biology (limited contract) Dupont, Newark, DE
  • Healthy Waters Program GLOBE Intern (Summer 2015 Intern, Deadline Jan 23 2015), The Nature Conservancy, Delaware
  • Preceptor in Geospatial Analysis, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Deadline 2/28/15)

Recent UD GIS Blog posts and Tweets

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or ideas that you’d like to discuss

Why ArcGIS?  What about Open Source?  Can UD Map be brought into various APIs?

Q's & A's around the state of GIS at UD

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