The Harvard Geospatial Library (HGL) is a catalog and repository of geospatial|
data materials held by Harvard University. HGL allows users to search for
relevant geospatial data sets and publications by defining a specific area of
interest as well as by using traditional library search terms. HGL provides
enhanced metadata and database functions designed specifically for geographic
information. Once a user has discovered what datasets are available, HGL allows
the user to build a map on line, or to download selected datasets for use in
other systems. If the requested data is not available in the HGL repository,
the user will be directed to the holding library.
The goal of the Harvard Geospatial Library is to alleviate the most common
challenges users face when they embark upon a geospatial analysis project:
finding interesting data, obtaining that data in a useable form, and accessing
appropriate computing platforms. HGL is an innovative combination of library
and analytical laboratory services that will enable users to perform meaningful
geospatial analyses within the strict time requirements of a problem set, term
paper, or real-world issue.