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GIS at Northwestern University Library

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.

  • ArcGIS Desktop software available from NUIT
    • NU NetID required
    • Faculty and staff may install on university-owned computers for teaching, research and administrative uses.  Installation on personal computers is allowed but only for academic, non-commercial uses.
    • Students may install on personal computers, but the software must be uninstalled when they leave the University.
    • ArcGIS Desktop will be installed with the necessary software license. Licenses will expire December 31 of each year and the software will cease to function.  Users must download and reinstall the latest version of ArcGIS which will then be licensed through the end of the next license period (1 year maximum).
    • ArcGIS Desktop System Requirements
    • ArcGIS Desktop Installation FAQ
  • ArcGIS Online
    • Use to create and share web-based maps. To request access to Northwestern University’s ArcGIS Online Organizational Account send an email using your Northwestern University email (@u.northwestern.edu; @northwestern.edu etc.) to gis@northwestern.edu with “ArcGIS Online Access Request” in the subject heading

 

 

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!

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GIS Software

Here is how you can access licensed GIS software:

  • ArcGIS Online
    • Use to create and share web-based maps. To request access to Northwestern University’s ArcGIS Online Organizational Account send an email using your Northwestern University email (@u.northwestern.edu; @northwestern.edu etc.) to gis@northwestern.edu with “ArcGIS Online Access Request” in the subject heading.

ArcGIS 10.2 is installed on many of the NU Library PCs in Main, Mudd and Schaffner Libraries.

Evanston Campus:

  • University Library,  Main Library, Level 1: 50 workstations (hours) & Deering, Level 1: 10 public PCs (hours) ,  
  • Mudd Library, Evanston Campus - all public PCs
  • Technological Institute, Tech PC Classroom (Tech MG51): 18 PCs (available when not reserved)

Chicago Campus:

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.

ArcGIS Online

To request access to Northwestern University’s ArcGIS Online Organizational Account send an email using your Northwestern University email (@u.northwestern.edu; @northwestern.edu etc.) to gis@northwestern.edu with “ArcGIS Online Access Request” in the subject heading.

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.

  • GRASS this is a free Geographic Information System (GIS) used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies. GRASS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.
  • Quantum GIS (QGIS) is an open source GIS software, available for both Windows OS and Mac OS users. This software is free and comes with surprisingly powerful and useful tools!
  • uDig (accronym for User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS) is meant to work with online, web map services (internet GIS).
  • OpenLayers Not exactly GIS software but this is definitely one of the most popular OSG tools. OpenLayer is a super-easy javascript tool to create your own interactive map by mashing up web map services.
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