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MAGIS (Maps, Aerial Photos, & GIS)   Tags: data, geography, gis, imagery, maps, place names, places, spatial  

Information about the physical and digital collections in Maps, Aerial Photos, and Geographic Information Systems. Also the GIS Lab and GIS data and imagery sources.
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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MAGIS GIS Lab & Services

Available to UH Affiliated Patrons Only.


Open during regular hours, except when the lab is scheduled for a class or demonstration. Check our Lab Calendar to see when the MAGIS Lab is closed.

If you'd like to reserve the lab for a class or workshop, please fill out Request use of GIS Lab for Presentation, Class or Workshop form.

8 PC workstations

Large format printer/scanner (more info.)

ArcGIS 10.2
ENVI 4.7
Google Earth
Adobe Creative Suite 4: Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamworks, Fireworks.
MS Office 2007

Assistance using GIS and related software

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-5 -- walk-ins
Wednesday 1-5 -- by appointment only.
Exceptions are posted on the MAGIS Lab Calendar.

Assistance finding and downloading GIS data
Please check the GIS Data and Imagery page first, then call or e-mail us for assistance.



Other GIS and Remote Sensing Labs at UHM

Please follow links to learn about GIS facilties and uses of UH Manoa campus. Some labs are only available to department students and faculty.

Botany GIS Lab

Natural Resources & Environmental Management

UH Manoa Cartography Lab

Urban and Regional Planning



Learning GIS on Your Own

GIS Tutorials

Esri Virtual Classes (ArcGIS)

There are several on-line classes that are free to the UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff. Visit the UH-Manoa's Esri's Virtual Campus Courses Page on more information on these classes. To enroll, create an Esri global account and then login here.

To access courses and request a password for specific courses, please contact the University's License Administrator via e-mail: Provide the exact name of the course you wish to take.


Online Tutorials
Various tutorials created by GIS staff at UC San Diego as well as selected tutorials from other websites.


ArcGIS Help 10.1 (Esri)

ArcMap 10 Tutorials (YouTube)

ArcGIS Tips and Tutorials for ArcGIS 10 (Tufts GIS)

Modifying Colors and Symbols in ArcMap (MIT Libraries)

Exercises and Data for Esri's GIS Guide to Public Domain Data (Spatial Reserves)


Getting Started With QGIS: Open Source GIS (GIS Lounge)

Installing QGIS and Adding Layers (Geospatial Historian)

Creating New Vector Layers using QGIS (Geospatial Historian)

Georeferenceing using QGIS (Geospatial Historian)


Tips and Tools for GPS Navigation and Mapping (Natural Resources Canada)


Teaching GIS An Open Geospatial Textbook
By D. DiBase etal. Used for Penn State courses.

Geospatial Analysis - a comprehensive guide
Free online edition of text by Dr. Michael de Smith and Prof. Paul Longley, University College London, and Prof. Mike Goodchild, UC Santa Barbara.

A Place in History: A Guide to Using GIS in Historical Research
An online book published by Ian Gregory.

Instructional Resources for Integrating Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Course syllabi for a range of university classes on geotechnology (Teach GIS)


Contact Us

GIS Services Request Form


Nargis Sultana
GIS Coordinator

(808) 956-0833


GIS Software

Proprietary Software

UH has a site license for Esri ArcGIS Desktop. Campus IT administers this license. For information about obtaining an Esri ArcGIS Desktop user license contact Make sure your computer hardware meets the minimum requirements for installing and running ArcGIS Desktop.

Open Source GIS Software

The following programs are opensource/freeware/shareware programs that provide varying levels of GIS processing.

Diva-GIS - User-friendly, includes spatial analysis functions.

Quantum GIS (QGIS) - Browse, create maps - supports common formats.

Christine GIS - Lightweight, simple and basic GIS software.

SAGA GIS - Fully open source, powerful application.




GIS Support

ArcGIS Forums
Support from the ArcGIS user community.

Esri Support
Includes Knowledge Base. Include ArcGIS version when searching (eg. 10.0, 10.1).

GIS Stack Exchange
A question and answer site for cartographers, geographers, and GIS professionals. Particularly useful for open source software questions.

GIS Linked-In Group Discussions
More than 46,000 members.

SAGA GIS Forum/Discussions


Job, Career, & Community

Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC)

GIS Jobs Clearinghouse for GIS/RS jobs.

GIS&T Body of Knowledge
Published by AAG. Free pdf available; order print for $5.00.

GIS Certification Institute

Esri Technical Certification

ASPRS Certification Program

Imaging & Geospatial Information Society

URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association)
Association for GIS professionals.

GIS Lounge

GIS Cafe




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