Center for GIS (CGIS)

We work collaboratively with partners to identify, analyze, and better understand data to enhance information access, deliver new insights, and utilize technology to inform business challenges and decisions.

The Center for GIS specializes in empowering our clients to make the most of their data, and developing interactive maps and data-driven displays that are robust, accessible, and intuitive. We provide a full range of application development services, geospatial data development and analysis, and tailored GIS training.


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About CGIS

Everything happens somewhere. GIS, or geographic information sciences, uses maps and databases to leverage the where aspect of data.

  • GIS analysis can help reveal and understand spatial patterns, trends or areas of interest.
  • GIS can overlay data layers from disparate sources together in a single map.
  • GIS can make information discoverable through interactive web maps.

We believe in the power of GIS technology to answer complex questions and continually work to extend the accessibility and value derived from GIS technology. We work to: 

  • Make GIS technology accessible and relevant 
  • Empower our clients to use our geospatial solutions independently of our assistance 
  • Build and promote a vibrant GIS ecosystem  

CGIS is staffed with a team of highly qualified technologists who produce products and services that are both useful and technically sound. We work cohesively as equals and commit our energy toward collaborative, creative work. We are proud of the quality of our work and believe that the results of our work can and should contribute to the greater good.

In 1992, under the direction of Dr. John M. Morgan, III, Towson University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Planning GIS Lab became the Center for Geographic Information Sciences (CGIS), a professionally staffed business unit devoted to serving the rapidly growing need for applied GIS services.

As Maryland’s geospatial efforts advance and mature, so do our relationships.

State Agencies

The Center for GIS has a long and continued history of collaborating with Maryland State agencies such as the Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Maryland Department of Commerce. We build applications and maintain spatial data that help our partners meet their objectives around environmental stewardship, health and safety, and providing accessible resources to the public.

TUgis: Maryland's Geospatial Conference

TUgis is the largest gathering of GIS professionals in the region. TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference is a cooperative undertaking of MSGIC, DoIT, and Towson University.

Maryland’s Geographic Information Office

In efforts to promote collaboration and coordination in Maryland, Towson University works closely with Maryland’s Geographic Information Office within the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), to support GIS activities of state agencies, including application development, geospatial analysis, professional development and training services.


CGIS has worked with the all-volunteer Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC) on several National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Program projects to coordinate the development and delivery of geospatial resources in Maryland, the region, and nationally.