Research Consultation

The CGA offers GIS consultations to those with a valid Harvard ID.     
Please Contact the CGA with your Research Consultation inquiries.

For a typical GIS analysis or mapping project, CGA staff meets with researchers to define their project requirements and the scope of work needed to achieve those requirements.  For extended research tasks, work will be defined with a Project Specification. Based on the agreed upon Project Specification, CGA staff will make use of data provided by the researcher, or find sources for the base data needed, and undertake the data gathering, processing, analyzing, mapping or platform development tasks for the project.  Finally, CGA will deliver the results in specified formats along with technical documentation. 

Note that there is a fee for such research consultation, at the rate of $85/hr for Harvard affiliates * (see note below for more cost details). 

As an IQSS member organization, CGA adheres to the IQSS Confidential Information Policy.

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
GIS Data Science
  • Apply Data Science, Machine Learning, AI techniques for complex geospatial analysis
  • Design solutions for geospatial big data problems which cannot be handled by traditional GIS technologies
  • Scale geospatial applications on cluster (FASRC) and cloud (AWS/MOC) computing environments
  • Use geospatial databases (PostGISOmnisci) to perform large scale complex analysis on big data
  • Visualize large geospatial data at high speed using GPU based databases and other tools

or bring us your ideas!

* Please note that CGA provides GIS services with a flat fee of $85/hour for Harvard affiliates using Harvard University controlled internal funding or a personal fund. To be eligible for the $85/hour rate, payment must be from a Harvard account (33-digit code) or a personal account of a valid Harvard ID holder. Work paid for by external funding sources are $170/hour.

See also: consultation