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Geographic Information Systems

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

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.

ArcGIS locations on Tulane campus:

  • Boggs 101 and 102: ArcGIS for desktop, 3D analyst, and spatial analyst plugins and ARC GIS for desktop standard 10.3.  Open to all Tulane affiliates
  • Matas Health Sciences Library: 10 computers that have the full version of ArcGIS. Located in the reading room in the back of the library.
  • Howard-Tilton Library computers have ArcGIS Reader to view GIS files as well as computers in the computer room in the first floor stacks
  • Boggs 101 and 102  have the full software: ArcGIS for desktop, 3D analyst, and spatial analyst plugins and ARC GIS for desktop standard 10.3.
  • Tidewater Computer Labs - School of Public Health & Tropic Medicine
  • EENS Computer Laboratory, The department's computer lab is primarily used by graduate students for research purposes,
  • Middle American Research Institute (MARI) GIS Lab:
  • EENS Computer Laboratory: http://www2.tulane.edu/sse/eens/research/research-facilities/

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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