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Geographic Information Systems Lab & Service Center

GIS Service Center at UMM

The GIS Service Center at the University of Maine at Machias provides free or low-cost mapping services to communities, non-profits, and other clients. Students, workstudy students, and interns work with professional staff, gaining skills and contacts that help them enter the workforce while contributing to a healthy and prosperous future for Downeast communities.

If you have any questions or would like to propose a project, feel free to contact Tora Johnson, service center director and GIS instructor at (207) 255-1446.

The GIS Service Center at UMM can provide the following services...

  • GIS training
  • GIS data and software
  • Municipal planning map
  • Digitizing paper map
  • Technical support
  • Map design
  • Field mapping service
  • Professional-quaility printing
  • Decision support and strategic planning

Free services are provided by students enrolled in courses and are subject to the academic calendar and the curricular needs of students. Basic services such as large format printing, use of the lab facilities, or data CDs are available by appointment for a nominal fee. Larger projects are available on a contractual basis with a fee structure determined by service center staff and administrators. Grant funding may be available to support some service projects. Students and interns perform the work under the supervision of professional staff.

Our facilities:

  • Dedicated lab with state-of-the-art computer
  • Full suite of ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Large-format printer up to 42"
  • Medium format printer up to 13" X 19"
  • Handheld GPS receiver
  • Professional grade GPS receiver
  • Digitizing tablet
  • Flatbed scanner

Here are just a few recent projects:

- Currently, we are working with the Washington County Council of Governments and the Hancock County Planning Commission under a grant from the State Planning Office to help develop a regional inventory of scenic views in the Downeast region. The GIS 2 class is providing the preliminary GIS services this semester, and over the summer a UMM intern will work with towns and volunteers all over coastal Washington county to map and photograph scenic views. These maps and database of the region's scenic resources will help in planning economic development that's compatible with the unique character of the region.

- Thomas Cochran, an ES/ GIS student from northern Washington County, is working on producing a set of emergency response maps for the volunteer fire departments in the towns of Sullivan in Hancock County and Harrington in Washington County. We hope to use this project as proof of concept to leverage funds for developing emergency response maps for more Downeast towns.

- Since 2007, under grants from the Maine Coast Protection Initiative and Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Service Center staff and students have collaborated with local land trusts to map precious resources like vital habitat, working farms and waterfront, and scenic vistas. In this ongoing project students help the land trusts identify resources that need protection to ensure the future of Downeast Maine 's natural and cultural heritage.

- Students and student interns have worked with several UMM faculty to produce maps for research projects on water quality in local streams and bays, commercially important clam flats, distribution of eelgrass meadows in local waters, and experimental shellfish sites.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tora Johnson, service center director and GIS instructor at


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