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

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

ArcGIS on campus

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

PLEASE NOTE! Licenses for ArcGIS and 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.

ESRI software updates

ArcGIS 10.7.1 is Now Available

ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro are HERE!

Contact "" for more information.

ATTENTION Free 1-yr student license program is ENDING 2/2021


The Free 1 year student license program is being discontinued by ESRI starting February 18, 2021. See your Department's IT staff for information on receiving single-use licenses and software for your personal laptops and for off campus field work.

Open source GIS software

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 February 27, 2020.

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 will also need to use your Esri user name and password that was generated when you accepted the e-mail invitation to join SU's ArcGIS Online account of SU's MyEsri site.

ESRI Software titles

Esri's ArcGIS includes the following extension pieces of software as part of our site license.

These are the most commonly used software extensions available for ArcGIS

  •     3D Analyst - View data in three dimensions from multiple viewpoints, query a surface, and create a perspective image over your raster and vector data.
  •     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.
  •     Spatial Analyst - Create, query, map, and analyze raster data. Perform analysis and derive new information from existing data, query information from multiple data layers.
  •     Geostatistical Analyst - Create a statistically valid prediction surface, along with prediction uncertainties, from a limited number of data measurements in an interactive graphical user interface.
  •     Network Analyst - Provides a network-based spatial analysis of routing, fleet routing, travel directions, closest facility, service area, and location-allocations.
  •     Schematics for ArcGIS - Create, visualize and analyze spatial or nonspatial data representing any kind of physical network like: utilities, telecom, or transportation networks.
  •     Publisher - Convert ArcGIS map and globe documents to Published Map Files (PMFs) which are viewable through a variety of ArcGIS products including ArcReader.
  •     Tracking Analyst - Allows you to view, analyze, and understand spatial patterns and trends in the context of time and enables the tracking and discovery of time-related trends and patterns.


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

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

For help with installations or with software errors, Contact:

    John Olson - Maps/GIS librarian -

    Jane Read - Associate Professor -

    Mark Storrings - Cartography Lab -