ESRI makes ArcGIS Desktop (including ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox), ArcGIS Server and related programs which are the main GIS software used on WWU campus. In addition ESRI offers a variety of free products and support:
- ArcGIS Online (create, store and manage maps online)
- ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (downloadable free lightweight GIS viewer from ESRI)
- ArcGIS Explorer Online (online GIS viewer from ESRI)
- ArcReader (downloadable free viewer for ArcGIS maps created with ArcPublisher from ESRI)
- ESRI Online Support (searchable database of technical articles, discussion forums, email list archives, scripts, etc)
- ArcScripts (ESRI and ESRI User's downloadable scripts, extensions, amls, etc). See also WWU Notes on using ArcScripts.
Notes on Obtaining a Student copy of ESRI Software:
WWU is currently using ArcGIS 10.x as our main teaching software. ArcGIS 10.2 is installed in the Spatial Labs (AH-14, -16, -24 and ES-318) as well as many of the ATUS Windows Labs on campus (Haggerd Hall, etc.).
ESRI provides a Free Student Evaluation copy of ArcGIS Desktop (ArcEditor license level) withextensions (Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Tracking Analyst, etc.). This is a full copy that can be used for 1 year and is available to WWU students. To pick up an installation DVD, stop by Stefan's office (AH-201) OR email Stefan to obtain an authorization code that will allow you to download the software.
NOTE: WWU Faculty and Staff should contact their Department IT staff for installation on office, lab or home computers.
You can also request a 60-Day Evaluation copy directly from ESRI: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgis-for-desktop/free-trial or you can request the 1-year Student Trial from ESRI: http://www.esri.com/landing-pages/software/arcgis/arcgis-desktop-student-trial
Finally, some of the ArcGIS tutorial books include a evaluation copy with them. For example, Getting to Know ArcGIS (second edition) comes with a 180 version of the same software (including the extensions). The book (with CD) costs $80.00, and is available from ESRI Press.
NOTE: ArcGIS is a large program, requiring lots of RAM to run happily. To install and run ArcGIS you need Windows (2+ GHz, 2 GB+ RAM and 256+ MG Video Card STRONGLY recommended).
Other Commercial Software
- Idrisi (Clark Labs)
- ENVI (Remote sensing and image processing, installed in the SAL)
- ERDAS Imagine (Remote Sensing)
- ERDAS ER Mapper
- ESRI (ArcGIS, the Spatial Analyst extension and Leicia's Image Analysis extension)
- TatukGIS (low cost GIS)
OPEN SOURCE / Free GIS:
- AccuGlobe (GIS viewer and simple editing/geoprocessing) - http://www.accuglobe.net/
- DIVA-GIS (& climate data) - http://www.diva-gis.org/
- Forestry GIS (fGIS) - http://www.forestpal.com/fgis.html
- Fusion (LIDAR viewing and analysis, installed in the SAL) - (http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/rsac/fusion/)
- GRASS ( http://grass.osgeo.org/ )
- GMT (Generic Mapping Tools - http://gmt.soest.hawaii.edu/)
- Gnuplot ( http://www.gnuplot.info/)
- ITC's ILWIS ( http://www.itc.nl/Pub/Home/Research/Research_output/ILWIS_-_Remote_Sensing_and_GIS_software.html )
- MapWindow (Open Source GIS) - http://www.mapwindow.org/ (GPS connection, editing, geoprocessing, etc.)
- Open JUMP ( http://openjump.org/)
- Quantum GIS ( http://qgis.org/en/site/ )
- SAGA ( http://www.saga-gis.org/en/index.html)
- SPRING (remote sensing, installed in the SAL) - http://www.dpi.inpe.br/spring/english/index.html)
- uDig ( http://udig.refractions.net/)
- Whitebox (http://www.uoguelph.ca/~hydrogeo/Whitebox/index.html)
- FreeGIS Project (http://freegis.org/)
- Open Source Geospatial Foundation (http://www.osgeo.org/)
- GISuser's Free GIS Software and Map Viewers
ESRI Tutorial Books and Manuals (.pdf files)
- SAL Library, list of books available for loan
- ESRI digital books (.pdf files) available from J:\SALdata\ESRI_misc\esri_books\
- ESRI digital books (.pdf files) available from J:\SALdata\ESRI_misc\esri_books\tutorials\
- Misc. other titles available from Stefan
- Mapping and Modeling Using ESRI Software: Links to tutorials that demonstrate how to work with various types of data in ArcGIS
- Miscellaneous online tutorials