Facilities and Resources

University of Maine Fogler Library provides access to comprehensive and wide-ranging scholarly digital resources and databases including access to an extensive collection of geospatial journals.

The University of Maine is a founding member of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and an honorary and founding member of the Oracle Spatial Research Laboratory. The University of Maine is one of only a handful of universities acquiring two Integrated Graduate Educational Research Training (IGERT) programs to educate PhD students in innovative cross-disciplinary academic programs and the Spatial Informatics faculty have played leadership roles in both of them. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UMaine as a “Doctoral Extensive” university, which is the highest classification.

Fogler Library and the department maintain a collection of the most relevant GIS journals, books, and many conference proceedings. The University maintains an extensive electronic library catalog and access to major collections of electronic journals.

Beyond the campus, the Spatial Computing group has excellent ties to the local GIS industry including AI Systems, Boeing-Autometrics, Blue Marble Geographics, BSB Electronic Charts, Digital Mapping Associates, Geo-graphics, Lucerne International, Northeastern Geomantics, Photo Science, and James W. Sewall Co. Also Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., Seven Islands Land Co., and Woodard & Curran have GIS groups. There are ties between UMaine and these companies, such as research collaborations (Bangor Hydro-Electric), consulting (DeLorme), employment of graduates (Boeing-Autometrics, Blue Marble Geographics, DeLorme, Northeastern Geomantics Photo Science, Seven Islands Land Co., James W. Sewall Co., Woodard & Curran), and spin-offs by former faculty or students (BSB Electronic Charts, Geo-graphics, Lucerne International, Photo Science). Due to this cooccurrence of a focused, high-tech industry and an ambitious, research-based academic program, a symbiotic partnership has developed between UMaine research and regional industrial software engineering in a focus market area.