A Geographic Information System (GIS) "integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. (ESRI)" What is GIS used for? There are many applications, spanning a wide variety of disciplines. Some examples include:
NU-affiliated faculty, staff and students can install ArcGIS Desktop on their personal computers and access desktop, mobile, server and web-based mapping applications. Use the Access GIS tab of this guide for more information.
If you are in need of assistance with a GIS project, please fill out the GIS Support Request Form. We look forward to working with you!
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.