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.

Students have access to state-of-the-art software. The University of Maine has educational site licenses for Oracle, ArcGIS and ArcView, and offers Smallworld GIS,and a suite of Intergraph GIS and CAD software. Idrisi and Mapinfo are also available. Compilers and software development environments for the most common programming languages include object-oriented languages such as C++, web based programming in Java, fast prototyping environments such as Visual Basic, and fifth generation programming languages such as Prolog.

A GIS computing laboratory houses Pentium PCs. Most researchers have Macintosh Powerbooks and most graduate research assistants working on research projects use Power Macintoshes or high-end Pentium PCs.

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.

Cognate research units at the University of Maine with links to the NCGIA and other department labs include the Institute of Quaternary Studies, the Image Analysis Laboratory of the Department of Forest Management, the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, the Canadian-American Center, and the Fogler Library. Department and NCGIA members work regularly with faculty from computer science, mathematics, business administration, geology, and the school of marine sciences on various research topics.

Beyond the campus, the Department and NCGIA have excellent ties to the local GIS industry including AI Systems, Boeing-Autometrics, Blue Marble Geographics, BSB Electronic Charts, DeLorme, 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.