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GIS Help Desk

The CGA offers free GIS helpdesk for 30 minute to 1 hour consultations to those with a valid HUID.  Additional work on GIS projects can be defined with a Project Specification, and will be charged at the rate of $85/hr for Harvard affiliates. If you have funding and would like us to perform the requested mapping or analysis for you and deliever the results, please see the details on our project consulation page.

Please contact us to set up an appointment during Helpdesk office hours below or at another time.

Office hours every Tuesday, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, at both Cambridge and Longwood Campus. Only every 3rd Wednesday of each month at Harvard Business School.
Contact us via email with your questions, any time.


  • Cambridge Campus
    Room K00A (basement level lobby office)
    Knafel Building
    1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Longwood Campus
    Micro Lab, Lower Level (Room LL19 - last computer on the right corner)
    Kresge Building
    677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
  • Harvard Business School (only on the 3rd Wednesday of each month)
    Baker Library, Room 130
    3 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA

We can help you...

Organize Data
  • Convert data from different formats
  • Work with data in different projections
  • Link spatial data totabular data
  • Merge or disaggregate spatial datasets
Create or Edit Data
  • Add and edit points, lines or polygons
  • Edit table attributes
  • Create and calculate new fields
  • Geocode addresses or street intersections
Analyze Spatial Data
  • Use overlay or proximity analysis tools
  • Perform geostatistical analysis
  • Perform network analysis
  • Process imagery or raster data
Present Data
  • Set symbology and display parameters
  • Create effective maps
  • Render surface or 3D data
  • Printing and plotting

... and much more.  Just ask!