University College London

UCL uses Esri’s to train students how to use GIS to solve complex world challenges in areas such as crime, environmental change, transport, public health and epidemiology. This case study describes a research project that uses to examine the distribution of families.

Read the case study for information on how:

  • is used to spatially analyse the distribution of surnames for 300 million people in 26 countries.
  • This research project will support historical, genealogical and chromosome research.
  • Students gain experience and skills in using GIS, helping to increase their value to future employers.


"It is important that students work with industry-standard software, as it helps prepare them for jobs in a range of sectors."

Paul Longley, Professor of Geographic Information Science

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