We help researchers work with geospatial data for all their research needs.

Contact Information:  Steve Gaughan, GIS Applications Specialist

 stephen.p.gaughan@dartmouth.edu.  (questions, schedule a meeting)


Locations: By appointment / Zoom / remote, 4 Currier Place, Hanover, NH 03755   map location

Services (see also examples toward the end of this page) :
  • Mapping
  • Historical map scanning, data extraction, and transformation
  • Geocoding street addresses
  • Workshops
  • Guest lecturing
  • X-hour teaching 
  • Web-mapping
  • Data transformation and data visualization
  • ESRI / ArcGIS 
  • Spatial processing and visualization with R 
  • Spatial processing and visualization with Python 
  • SQL database extraction and loading

Geographic Information Systems are systems to create, store, view, edit, analyze, visualize, and export data that is tied to locations on the earth’s surface.

We support and provide GIS software and training, and our GIS Application Specialist offers expert consultations and assistance.

We teach workshops, typically announced in the first week or two of the term.  For a list of workshops, see https://rc.dartmouth.edu/index.php/training/our-courses/ 


Examples (some of these examples are earlier versions of items that appear in research publications)

Publication-quality maps  

New Guinea bone daggers were engineered to preserve social prestige
Nathaniel J. Dominy, Samuel T. Mills, Christopher M. Yakacki, Paul B. Roscoe, and R. Dana Carpenter
Published:25 April 2018 https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.172067


Machine Learning and Image classification with ArcGIS & Python Code


Data Extraction from scanned historical Maps

Shimásání dóó shicheii bi’ólta’ – My Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s School: The Old Leupp Boarding School, A Historic Archaeological Site on the Navajo Reservation. Two Bears, Davina Ruth.  Indiana UniversityProQuest Dissertations Publishing, Degree Year2019. 22616943.  https://www.proquest.com/docview/2305191109/abstract/6EE7BC5D6DC840DAPQ/1?accountid=10422


Web Mapping with Leaflet.js

Publication: The Dialogues Bioregional Project: Landscape Ecology in Central Italy from the Sixth Century to the Present
Damiano Benvegnù
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5399/uo/hsda.6.1.5


Surface Contour Extraction, Transformation, and Visualization 

Footprint evidence of early hominin locomotor diversity at Laetoli, Tanzania Nature volume 600, pages 468–471, published: 01 December 2021 

Ellison J. McNutt, Kevin G. Hatala, Catherine Miller, James Adams, Jesse Casana, Andrew S. Deane, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Kallisti Fabian, Luke D. Fannin, Stephen Gaughan, Simone V. Gill, Josephat Gurtu, Ellie Gustafson, Austin C. Hill, Camille Johnson, Said Kallindo, Benjamin Kilham, Phoebe Kilham, Elizabeth Kim, Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, Blaine Maley, Anjali Prabhat, John Reader, Shirley Rubin, Nathan E. Thompson, Rebeca Thornburg, Erin Marie Williams-Hatala, Brian Zimmer, Charles M. Musiba & Jeremy M. DeSilva
Nature Volume 600, pages 468–471 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04187-7


Geocoding street addresses to base maps

We support developing reproducible workflows for research using R and Python with spatial libraries and spatial data.



Current-term workshops, in-person or via Zoom: https://dartgo.org/RRADworkshops 

See also:

Software as a service: Software-As-A-Service browser-based applications

ArcGIS 10.8 link for instructions and to download ArcGIS Desktop  (network and standalone licenses available)

ArcGIS Pro link for instructions and to download ArcGIS Desktop  (network and standalone licenses available)

ArcGIS Online browser-based Software-As-A-Service available to Dartmouth through a web browser. Visit this link for Dartmouth’s ArcGIS Online system. Click “Sign In” > Dartmouth College, and sign in with your Dartmouth Single-Sign-On credentials to create an account.  For more details on ArcGIS Online, see https://services.dartmouth.edu/TDClient/1806/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=123163

Google Maps / MyMaps from Google Suite is available through a web browser.  Log in to Google Drive (https://drive.google.com/).  In the upper right, click the Google Apps ‘waffle’ icon, and click “Maps”.  In the upper left of Maps, click the three-line ‘pancake’ icon, choose “Your Places” > Maps > Create Map

Stephen P. Gaughan

GIS Applications Specialist



or visit GIS Office Hours: https://rc.dartmouth.edu/index.php/office-hours/