Geospatial Information Services

The Department of Geography, Geoinformatics & Meteorology (GGM) provides a variety of geospatial information services to UP staff and students. These services include: geospatial data analysis, map visualization techniques, access and management of geographic information as well as GIS Software Support and Training. A mapping service is also available to those that require specific maps for publication or research purposes. Mr Lourens Snyman, our Senior Cartographer can be reached Monday - Friday between 09:00-16:00 at [email protected].


GIS Software Support

To request an academic license for ArcGIS Pro or Maptitude, please email Mr Nicholas de Kock and provide your full name, student/staff number and the reason for requesting a license.

GeoDaQGIS and SAGA are recommended free open source software that can be downloaded and installed via the internet.


Access to Geospatial Information

An interactive Geospatial Information Portal  allows students and staff to search for specific geographic datasets. The platform provides direct download capabilities as well as links to relevant 3rd party spatial data portals and map viewers. Please download this guide for easy instructions on how to search for geospatial data.

For a list of 3rd party spatial data portals, please click here.


Geospatial Data Analysis

GGM offers geospatial data analysis services to various faculties and departments. The objective is to encourage and expand the capabilities of geospatial analytics at UP. It is not just about creating a map; geospatial analytics provide unique and tangible insights related to space and time.

Key examples include: pattern analysis; to identify spatial relationships among features and locations, predictive analysis, facility location modelling and proximity calculations.


Mapping Service

A mapping service is available to those that require specific maps for publication or research purposes. The service focuses on the technical and cartographic correctness of a map by applying best practice principles and ensuring that the end product is “fit for purpose”.  Please contact Mr Lourens Snyman for fees and pricing options.

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