Geospatial Science at UW-Madison

UW-Madison has a long and rich history in geospatial sciences, going back to early and internationally recognized programs in cartography, surveying, and photogrammetry. In more recent years additional strengths have developed in multi-purpose land information systems, remote sensing, geographic information systems, soil landscape modeling, citizen involvement in land use planning, geospatial metadata, and transportation infrastructure modeling. Many leaders of professional associations in these fields have UW-Madison roots.

Degree programs involving GIS, along with research and outreach, are mainstays of several departments and colleges, supported by a series of centers. Beyond these traditional fields, additional interest areas exist in disciplines as diverse as library science, land tenure, statistics, forestry, business, regional planning, art history, demography, and epidemiology.

UW-Geo Email Distribution List

We maintain an email distribution list which is open to anyone interested in geospatial technology and applications on the UW-Madison campus. The list is for posting news, coordinating events, starting discussions, etc.

To join the group, simply send a blank message to You’ll receive an e-mail back that asks you to confirm your address.

Once subscribed, you may post to the list by addressing your message to  Note: to help cut down on spam issues, you MUST be a member of the group to send messages.  In addition, the first time you post to the list, your message will be moderated; this is another measure to save us from spammers.

Geospatial Help and Training

UW-Madison does not have a physical GIS “helpdesk” for answering technical questions regarding GIS software and procedures.  There are, however, several ways to get basic assistance.

GIS Technical Support via Email

For GIS support, you can send questions to our virtual campus GIS support list.   A team of volunteers will be happy to help!

Robinson Map Library

UW-Madison students, faculty and staff can contact the Robinson Map Library for assistance with the following:

  • Brief introduction to ArcGIS software and extensions
  • Basic understanding of geospatial data types and formats
  • Where to find reliable sources of geospatial data
  • Using and understanding metadata

Contact the Map Library via e-mail,  or contact Jaime Martindale directly at (608) 262-1471.

Esri Training

The Esri training site includes many training modules, for both new and experienced Esri software users. Our site license allow free access to those listed as “Requires Maintenance”  Simply sign in using our ArcGIS Organization at  using your NetID.

Last updated: November 9, 2022