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Libraries welcome new GIS Librarian

Introducing our new Geographic Information Systems librarian, Milan Budhathoki — a GIS professional and FAA-certified remote pilot. Some of his core services here include Consulting on GIS, conducting GIS workshops, setting up ESRI accounts for ArcGIS Online and ESRI courses and finding spatial data.

Budhathoki worked at Notre Dame for seven years before he joined Maryland this August — and in his short time here, he’s already established a Virtual Lab for the GIS and Spatial Center, where university users can remotely access software for GIS, data science, data visualization and statistical analysis.

He’s spent the past few weeks helping faculty and students get set up with the new lab.

“The idea is to open up the computing resources virtually to our users,” Budhathoki said, “so that people can access them anytime from anywhere.”

User interest has been steadily increasing since the virtual lab went live, Budhathoki said — more than 30 people have already signed up, and requests keep coming in. Once Budhathokis grants users access to the lab, they can use its resources 24/7 for the duration of the semester.

Popular software packages available through the lab include Tableau, MATLAB, Rstudio, ArcGiS and Google Earth Pro. For more information, visit the GIS and Spatial Data Center.

While Budhathoki’s day-to-day role at the Libraries will mostly consist of consulting for and aiding GIS researchers, he has a long-term vision: he wants to create an open-access repository for multidisciplinary researchers to share location-based data they’ve collected from all over the world.

“My idea is to kind of break the digital divide,” Budhathoki said. “That’s the bigger goal.”

Budhathoki is a part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Geospatial Task Force, which is hosting a virtual GIS conference Nov. 13th. Students are welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, check out >this announcement.

If you want self-paced or instructor-led virtual training on GIS, please visit the GIS and Spatial Data Center Workshop Series. Feel free to reach out to Budhathoki at mb17@umd.edu for GIS help.