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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This guide will help you get started with understanding what GIS is, the nature of geospatial data used in GIS, and how to get started using GIS for your research.


ArcGIS is a GIS platform produced by ESRI. ArcGIS provides a comprehensive set of tools for compiling, visualizing, analyzing, editing, managing, and sharing geographic data.

Tulane ArcGIS Online Portal

Download ArcGIS Pro from the Tulane ArcGIS Online Portal (for PC)

  • Sign in to the Tulane ArcGIS Online Portal.
  • At the top of the page, click your user name and then My settings.
  • On the My settings page, click on Licenses.
  • Your user type, role, and assigned licenses are listed. If you don't see ArcGIS Pro listed under your licensed products, or if the Download button does not appear, contact your ArcGIS organization administrator.
  • Next to ArcGIS Pro, click Download.
  • In the Download window, review the Language setting. If you want to download a localized version of ArcGIS Pro, change the setting to the language you want. Click Download. An executable file (.exe) is downloaded to your computer.

Open Source GIS

GIS software can be costly. However, there is a large open source GIS community. Below is a list of some of the most popular open source alternatives.

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