Effective Spring 2015 NU faculty, staff, and students on the Evanston, Chicago, and Qatar campuses have access to the ESRI ArcGIS software suite.
NUworkspace will replace the Sheridan Cluster and offers users a Windows virtual desktop with a suite of software applications (including ArcGIS) for University work. Accounts are available upon request to eligible faculty, staff and students affiliated with Weinberg, Kellogg, IPR and School of Communication. Graduate students, undergraduate students and staff in those schools must have faculty approval for account requests.
ArcGIS 10.2 is installed on many of the NU Library PCs in Main, Mudd and Schaffner Libraries.
TIP: Always remember if you work in 2 versions, SAVE A COPY in the older version by selecting it from the drop-down in order to have a file that will open in the older version. i.e, If you SAVE in 10.2 you cannot open the .mxd file in 10.1
ESRI ArcGIS Products
ArcGIS Desktop is a popular licensed product which can manage and integrate data, perform advanced analysis, model and automate operational processes, and display results on professional-quality maps. An ArcGIS Online account can provide updated information formerly available through ESRI Data & Maps includes global GIS datasets as well as comprehensive street data for geocoding. All public PCs in the Government, Geographic, Data & Business Services area have ESRI Data & Maps available on the D: drive.
The programs listed below can analyze geospatial data and are alternatives to ESRI's ArcGIS. While this software is not currently available in the NU Library, many programs are free and offer an alternative for at-home or commercial uses. In addition, see the GIS Lite Guide for several no/low cost applications and websites for making maps and data visualization.