Data & GIS Lab


The Data & GIS Lab serves two distinct but interrelated functions here at UC San Diego. On the data front, the Lab offers access to statistical software as well as to datasets not available from the Social Science Data Services website, or elsewhere. On the GIS front, the Lab serves as the primary campus base for GIS services, access to GIS data and software, and the only place with staff to provide GIS assistance.

The workstations in the Lab have both statistical software and GIS software. To better serve you, the Lab contains reference and circulating books for both data and GIS. Check the shelves and spines of the books to determine the resource is something you can check out or have to use in the Lab.

What is in the Lab?

Data & GIS Lab Computers

  • There are eight computers total in the Data & GIS Lab. Each computer has signage to indicate what type of machine it is from the three categories below.
    • Combined Data/GIS machines: Six of the computers have current statistical/numeric data software and GIS software.
    • DataCruncher: This computer's priority use is statistical/numeric data use. It has additional extensions/functionality for data software such as SAS and the SPSS Advanced and Custom Tables modules and also has ArcGIS 9.3.1 Desktop and Business Analyst software. It has two logins – one for the public and one for current UC San Diego community members. Members of the public can use the DataCruncher but cannot access the ArcGIS software or limited-use statistical datasets per our license agreements.
    • SuperStation: This computer serves primarily to provide access to CD-ROM tools in the SSHL collection. It is open to the public and the majority of its functionality has been transferred over to the DataCruncher public logon profile.
  • All computer hard drives/CPUs are physically below the tables in the middle of the table. Each monitor and CPU has a small colored circle sticker on it so you can easily figure out which machine goes with which monitor.
  • All computers have a drive where you can save your work temporarily in an unsecure environment. On the Combined Data/GIS workstations, the drive to save to is drive D. For more details, see this page.

Combined Data/GIS Computer Details

  • The Combined Data/GIS computer password is changed each quarter and is available through Lab staff, SSHL Reference Desk, Information Desk, Geisel Circulation Desk or by emailing or The username stays the same and is ‘GIS’.
  • As of November 2010, the software on the Combined Data/GIS computers includes:
    • Microsoft Office Suite 2007
    • Adobe Reader
    • WinRAR
    • Notepad++
    • ArcGIS 10, ArcInfo level functionality
    • ArcGIS Business Analyst 10
    • GME (Geospatial Modeling Environment) – under Spatial Ecology in Program List
    • X Tools Pro 7, free version
    • Google Earth Pro, newest version
    • Google SketchUp
    • ENVI remote sensing software (one floating license)
    • Arc2Earth, Community Edition
    • FME 10 software
    • ArcGIS Explorer
    • Stata 11
    • PSPP (open source version of SPSS)
    • SPSS 19

DataCruncher Computer Details

SuperStation Computer Details

  • The SuperStation computer password is available through Lab staff, SSHL Reference Desk, or Information Desk.


  • All computers in the Data & GIS Lab print to the Imprints printer in the SSHL Reference area. You can choose the black and white or the color printer. Printing requires you to have an Imprints card or a UCSD ID card as there is no free public printer in the Lab.
  • Use of the 42” plotter is limited to GIS and map projects at the discretion of the GIS Coordinator and Map Librarian respectively.


  • The Lab contains reference and circulating books for both data and GIS. Be sure to check the shelves and spines of the books to determine the resource is something you can check out or have to use in the Lab.

Location and Hours

2nd (Main) Floor Geisel Library in the Social Sciences & Humanities Reference area.

The Lab is open the same hours as the Geisel Library building.

Lab Phone and GIS Questions: (858) 534-6854


For data, the Lab offers the latest versions of a number of statistical software applications.

Please visit the Social Science Data Services website or contact Annelise Sklar, Interim Data Services Librarian: (858) 822-1993; to inquire about accessing and working with numeric data and/or using statistical software.


For GIS, the Lab offers GIS and GIS-related software, GIS data, an extensive CD-ROM collection, and staff to help you.

Additional details about using GIS in the Lab.

Visit the GIS at UC San Diego website for more information.