LSA Geographic Information System (GIS) Consulting

LSA IT Geographic Information System (GIS) consultants assist with making maps, geospatial analysis, interactive web mapping, mobile GIS, and incorporating GIS in your teaching and research. We offer a variety of GIS workshops, which can be tailored to your course's or research group's specific domain and needs. We can also help you leverage GIS resources, such as the LSA Enterprise GIS Service.

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The LSA IT Geographic Information System (GIS) consulting service provides assistance with a variety of GIS-related topics, such as:

  • Maps -- Have data that you want to plot on a map to use in a class or include in a grant proposal or publication?
  • Geospatial analysis -- Need to identify spatial patterns and trends in your data?
  • Georeferencing -- Have a paper map or a hand-drawn sketch, which you want to use as a basemap, on which you want to plot your own data?
  • Geocoding -- Need to convert a spreadsheet with addresses into latitude-longitude so you can plot your data on a map?
  • Story Maps -- Want to harness the power of maps to tell your story?
  • Mobile GIS -- Looking to integrate mobile devices and GIS in your field work?
  • Workshops -- Have a group interested in learning about GIS topics in the context of their discipline? 
  • Esri ArcGIS software -- Require assistance getting started with ESRI's ArcGIS platform: ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, Collector for ArcGIS, Explorer for ArcGIS, Story Maps, GeoPlanner, Community Analyst, Business Analyst Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, Esri Maps for Office, ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud, and much more?

Our GIS solutions typically leverage Esri's ArcGIS platform, which provides a range of online, mobile, desktop, and enterprise applications, which are available free to any U-M faculty, staff, student, or sponsored affiliate to use for most university-related research, teaching, or administrative needs. We also support open-source GIS applications, such as QGIS, and a variety of other GIS-related products available either through university site licenses. 

Who can use the service?: 

Any member of the LSA community can request assistance. Support for non-LSA projects is available on a per-request/-availability basis, and subject to recharge costs.

Rates & Pricing: 

Consulting services are generally free to LSA instructors and researchers for small projects, those typically involving ~20 hours or less of consulting services per year per individual. We also happy to provide GIS mentorship to students and staff hired directly by projects.

Appropriate larger projects, and those outside of LSA, will be subject to recharge. If funds aren't available, contact the ARS team at for consideration. The current recharge rate for the LSA IT GIS Consulting service is $13.00 per hour. 

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