Smith College | Spatial Analysis Lab

Welcome to SAL

The Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) teaches with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) across academic divisions and engages communities of practice at Smith and beyond. We promote spatial literacy and the creative processes in critical map-making, through the use of GIS and related technologies like Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote sensing, and drones.

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What We Do...

Curriculum Consultation

Consult with faculty to incorporate spatial analysis & spatial storytelling in courses, including lectures, developing lab exercises.


Support faculty and student scholarship


Host workshops & Mapathons.


Steward campus and regional spatial data collection for learning and research.


Conduct fieldwork employing drones and GPS.

GIS Instruction

GIS software instruction, including online, face-to-face, and open lab/office hours.


Print and digital cartography.

Community of Practice

Exchange spatial insights and collaborate on mapping with campus partners and beyond Smith.