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Geospatial and Data Services

The geospatial and data services team helps Northwestern researchers and students find, analyze, visualize and learn about data.

Our services

Research consultations

Meet one-on-one with a data specialist from the library or NUIT.

Request a consult

Course-related instruction

Invite us to your class to teach your students GIS and data skills.

Teach with us


We offer free workshops and training opportunities throughout the year to help you develop your data skills, focused mainly on GIS and qualitative data analysis. Our colleagues in NUIT's Research Computing Services also host a series of data science workshops.

Our team

Kelsey Rydland

Team Lead, Geospatial and Data Service

Skills: GIS, map making, GIS data, quantitative analysis


Méch Frazier

GIS Specialist

Skills: ArcPro, ArcOnline, QGIS, Google Earth Engine, Python (Arcpy), R


Sarah Thorngate

Data Analysis Librarian 

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Skills: SPSS, NVIVO, Dedoose, Python, R, HTML, CSS


Our space

The Geospatial and Data Visualization Lab is located in Mudd 2122. It is equipped with four high-performance PCs for geospatial and data visualization work.

Related resources

Research Computing Services

Data Science Initiative

Digital Humanities