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GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Geospatial Data: ESRI Site License info - ArcGIS

Information and links to geospatial data and interactive mapping websites and GIS related software

ArcGIS on campus

ArcGIS software is installed on the public computers in Bird Library.
Also, check with your Department's IT staff to see if ArcGIS is already installed in a computer lab in your School or Department.

PLEASE NOTE! Licenses for ArcGIS software and access to SU's ArcGIS Online account as well as access to the Esri E-Training site can ONLY be generated for students, faculty and staff of Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF! All others NOT affiliated with SU or SUNY-ESF are not eligible.

Please Note!!!

ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMAP), has been discontinued. If you are using ArcGIS Desktop you will need migrate to ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMAP) will no longer be available after December 2023.


ArcGIS Pro software

If you are a student at SU or SUNY-ESF, ArcGIS Pro 3.1 is available to download through your ArcGIS Online account or from SU Answers. Make sure to log into SU Answers for any additional ArcGIS Pro patches that are available beyond the software you downloaded from within your ArcGIS Online account.

ArcGIS Named User Acoount

If you do not have an ArcGIS Named user account, contact John Olson (Maps/GIS Librarian) for account credentials. You can use these credentials to log into ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS StoryMaps.

ESRI software updates

ArcGIS Pro 3.1.2 is the current versions now installed across campus.

For more about Esri and ArcGIS Contact "" for more information on how to access and use ArcGIS.

HELP with ArcGIS

The SU/ESF site license allows for these individuals, who are authorized, to contact ESRI Technical Support.

For help with installations, licenses, user accounts or with software errors, Contact:

    John Olson - Maps/GIS librarian -

    Jane Read - Associate Professor -

    Mark Storrings - Cartography Lab -

SU links for ArcGIS

If you are a faculty, instructor, student or staff member of SU or SUNY-ESF, and you want to use ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS StoryMaps or ArcGIS Pro, then you will need to contact SU's License Administrator (John Olson) and request login credentials. Once generated, you will use your username and password to log into these programs.

Contact one of the following people for an SU ArcGIS Online account.

(For SU students, staff & faculty) John Olson - Maps/GIS librarian -

(Backup for SU students, staff & faculty) Jane Read - Associate Professor -

(for SUNY-ESF students, staff & faculty)  Mark Storrings - Cartography Lab -

Learning opportunities using ESRI's Virtual Campus

Our site license includes access to the new Esri E-Learning Training Center. It includes all recorded webinars and non-instructor lead web classes available on the new Training site.

The first document below is a guide that provides instruction on how to enroll and find web classes to learn ArcGIS software. Last updated August 18,  2021.

If you are taking any of these web-training courses, you will be using the ArcGIS software in conjunction with these online courses. You will need to access the course material through the website and not the software. You can access the site using your ArcGIS Online account user name and password.

ESRI Software titles

Esri's ArcGIS Pro includes the following software extensions as part of our site license. The extensions in BOLD are currently installed. Other extensions can be requested. Please contact me for more information.

  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst : Create and analyze surfaces and other 3D data.
  • ArcGIS Bathymetry: Manage post-processed gridded and vector bathymetry data and metadata.
  • ArcGIS Business Analyst: Perform GIS operations fundamental for market analysis, demographic reporting, review customer and competitor distributions, and visualizing data variables.
  • ArcGIS Data Interoperability: Directly read more than 100 spatial data formats including GML, XML, DWG/DXF, MapInfo MID/MIF to name a few and to export to more than 70 spatial data formats.
  • ArcGIS Data Reviewer: Tool to automate and simplify your data quality control process review data for errors.
  • ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst: Create, query, map, and analyze raster data. Perform analysis and derive new information from existing data, query information from multiple data layers.
  • ArcGIS Image Analyst: Visualize, measure and analyze image data. Compile 3D feature data, work with oblique imagery, perform image classification, and analyze image data.
  • ArcGIS LocateXT: Extract geographic coordinates, place-names, and other location-based data from unstructured text and convert to a point feature class.
  • ArcGIS Network Analyst: Provides a network-based spatial analysis of routing, fleet routing, travel directions, closest facility, service area, and location-allocations.
  • ArcGIS Publisher: Share mobile map packages directly with Explorer for ArcGIS mobile app users.
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst: Create, query, map, and analyze raster data. Perform analysis and derive new information from existing data, query information from multiple data layers.


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John Olson
358 Bird Library

Individual appointments for in-depth reference inquiries are also welcome through MS Teams or Zoom.

Open source GIS software

ArcGIS Online - Add on pieces

ArcGIS Online - App Bundles

  • ArcGIS Urban Suite

ArcGIS Online – Applications

  • ArcGIS Business Analyst Web and Mobile Apps Advanced
  • ArcGIS Community Analyst
  • ArcGIS Drone2Map Standard
  • ArcGIS Field Maps
  • ArcGIS GeoPlanner
  • ArcGIS Insights
  • Esri Redistricting

User type extensions

  • ArcGIS GeoBIM: enables the linking of projects and workflows by connecting ArcGIS with the Autodesk Construction Cloud® and BIM 360®.
  • ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online: is a complete software as a service (SaaS) offering for hosting, analyzing, and streaming imagery and raster collections.
  • ArcGIS Location Sharing: used with ArcGIS Field Maps