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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.

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 -

Please Note!!!

ArcMAP, also know as ArcGIS Desktop, is no longer being updated. The last version issued in May 2021 is 10.8.1. Esri has announced that it will stop supporting ArcMAP in 2025. SU will no longer issue new licenses for ArcMAP after August 1, 2022.


The ArcGIS Tracker application was retired on Dec. 31, 2021. Tracker functions are now part of the ArcGIS Field Maps application.

FREE 1-yr student license replaced with single-use license


The Free 1 year student license program has BEEN REPLACED by a single-use license of ArcGIS Pro 2.8 for your personal laptops and for off-campus field work. Find it on Answers.

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 -

ESRI software updates

ArcMAP 10.8.1 and ArcGIS Pro 2.8 are the current versions now installed across campus.

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

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.

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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