Center for 21st Century Studies

The Cartography and Geographic Information Science Center designs and produces professional publication quality maps and graphics per client specifications, using the latest desktop mapping and illustration software, technology, and equipment. The Center also creates geographic and attribute files for analysis with Geographic Information Systems and is experienced in creating and maintaining interactive web-based mapping sites.

Services available from the CGIS include file translation to and from PC and Macintosh files; scanning, paper original or slides; digitizing; map design and layout; presentation slides; graphics from spreadsheets; color and black/white prints; and GIS files.

The Center has been in existence in some format since 1964. Internal clients have included numerous departments and units at UWM who need to visually display social science and humanities research data. External clients often have the same needs - to create organized displays of data upon which business decisions can be made. Our external client list includes various governmental agencies, such as the Wisconsin State Public Defender and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, and corporate clients such as Time Warner, Hammes Company, and others.

The Center is an excellent resource for students in the graduate GIS Certificate Program. In place since 1991, the program has graduated more than 150 students who now work in GIS positions in both the private and public sector. This program is open to individuals currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM or to working professionals who already hold a bachelor's degree but want to expand their knowledge in this area. For more information, see the certificate section of our web site.