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ArcGIS for Faculty, Staff, and Students

ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps, geographic information and data. It is used for creating and using maps; compiling and working with geospatial information; analyzing mapped information; sharing, discovering and using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database. The system, created by ESRI, provides an infrastructure through software and applications for making maps and geographic information available throughout an organization, across a community, and openly on the web.

This software is only available on the Windows operating system.

Applications Included in the Site License

Per the contract with ESRI, the following products are available solely for teaching, research, and administrative use; they may not be used for commercial or profit-generating activities. These products may be installed on a University workstation or on an individual’s personal computer only for academic-related purposes.

* indicates products that need to be requested by emailing gis@northwestern.edu.

An ArcGIS Online Organizational Account is available for teaching and research uses only. Contact gis@northwestern.edu for an ArcGIS Online account.

Note that the ArcPad and ArcGIS Data Interoperability products may only be used for teaching and research; they may be requested by contacting gis@northwestern.edu. These products may not be used for any administrative, commercial, or profit-generating activities. If a University administrative unit or department has need of any of these products, they will need to be purchased separately from ESRI.

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Last Updated: 5 February 2019

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