Research Information Services (RIS) department, Data,Geospatial & Government & Business Services provides access and support for both licensed, and open source GIS software including ArcGIS 10.2 and ArcGIS Online.
Via our LibGuide you can access information on how to:
Northwestern University Library has provided GIS reference and instruction services to the campus since 1997. Licensed GIS software is available on all public PC workstations
Northwestern University presently does not have an ArcGIS campus-wide license. You may want to check your school/department labs to see ArcGIS is installed on their computers. Otherwise, you can always come to the University Library to use the latest ArcGIS software.
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: