In addition to our workshops and guest lectures for Pratt departments, SAVI maintains a library of spatial data, offers software, holds open lab hours, and provides technical assistance to experienced students and faculty across campus.  We are here to work with you to meet your GIS and data visualization needs.


Data Library

SAVI has created an extensive library that includes geospatial data for the city, state, federal, and international levels as well as a variety of tutorials. The library can be accessed via the “SAVI Data Library” folder on the desktop of all PC computers on the Brooklyn campus. Over the next year, we will be working with Pratt Libraries and IT to provide remote access to data and access from Manhattan computers. If you would like to request that specific data be added to the library, you can fill out this form.



Pratt Information Technology has purchased an Esri site license for the Institute (ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Business Analyst Online).  Desktop ArcGIS software is installed at SAVI and on PC computers in ENG rooms 202, 204 and 206, and Higgins 306A. The Pratt Manhattan campus has ArcGIS installed in room 501. QGIS is also installed in these locations.

To request a one-year student trial copy of ArcGIS for your home computer or laptop, fill out this form (note: ArcGIS is not compatible with Mac OS. You will need Bootcamp or Parallels to run ArcGIS).

Additionally, students and faculty can join Pratt’s site license for Carto interactive mapping. Please email to be added to our license.


Open Lab Hours

SAVI is located on the lower level of the ISC building. We have a full classroom computer lab (room 006) as well as research room/small classroom with 9 computers (room 001). Students are welcome to use our computers for GIS work during open hours but please note that if you require technical assistance, you must have prior GIS experience and make an appointment (see below).

Spring 2019 Open Lab Hours*

Monday 11:00AM- 6:15PM

Tuesday 11:00AM- 6:15PM

Wednesday 11:00AM- 6:15PM

Closed Thursday

Friday 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Closed Saturday to Sunday

*Please schedule an appointment for one-on-one help.


Technical Assistance

SAVI does not have the resources to provide individual training sessions for students and faculty new to GIS. However, you should take advantage of the online resources on the Esri training page and we recommend “Learning ArcGIS Desktop” if you’d like to try it out. For those with existing GIS skills, there are many intermediate and advanced classes that you can take at no cost. If you see a course you would like to take, please email for training access. Additionally, you can find many good tutorials for QGIS online.

Experienced GIS users (those who have taken at least one course) can request technical assistance by filling out this form. SAVI offers guidance in these areas: data acquisition, methodology development, GIS tool execution, and cartography.


Additional data resources and social networks

There are many opportunities to find spatial data and meet others in the field. New York City has a large network of mappers across countless disciplines, such as web mapping, big data, community input maps, and many more. Check out the links below to broaden your GIS network:



  • BetaNYC: is a civic organization dedicated to improving lives in New York through civic design, technology, and data
  • GeoNYC meetup: A monthly meeting of mappers, with informal presentations in different locations throughout NYC
  • GISMO: NYC GIS and mapping organization; a forum for sharing data and data processing techniques, software training, news/publications, meeting, etc.
  • Maptime NYC: A small hack night where mappers can help each other with projects.


  • ESRI: Produces ArcGIS for desktop and online
  • QGIS: A free and open source GIS software for Windows, Mac, Linux and BSD
  • Carto: An easy-to-use platform for interactive mapping
  • Open Refine: A powerful tool for working with messy data