Government & Geographic Information and Data Services Computers

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Ten computers with GIS software applications are available in the Government Information reference room. The workstations are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Please provide your own storage media (external hard-drives, such as flash drives). The computers also come with a CD & DVD burner/writer. Do not store data or projects on the computer hard drives as anything saved on them may be deleted.

Printers & Scanners

The workstations are connected to laser printers (HP color LaserJet 2500 & HP Laserjet 4200) that can produce letter size (8 1/2" by 11") printouts.

Map Copier
We have a large-format copier, Océ 7056, that is able to produce black and white copies up to 36" wide, which is suitable for copying maps. We charge $1.50 per sheet - and accept cash only (sorry!)

There are three scanners in the Government Information reference room: 

  • a microfilm/fiche reader that can scan to digital format - see the Equipment Instructions
  • a self-service Epson GT 15000 flatbed 11" x 17" scanner - see the Equipment Instructions
  • a large format scanner for materials up to 42" wide (Contex HD Ultra i4250s) - read our Scanning Guide for more information

Software - GIS

Our workstations are equipped with popular GIS software by ESRI, ArcView 3.1, the latest ArcGIS, and four extensions for ArcGIS. Other popular and sometimes free GIS applications are also available, including MyWorld GIS designed by the GEODE Initiative at Northwestern University! Try them all!

ESRI ArcView 3.1
One of the earliest Desktop GISs by ESRI- no longer available for purchase from ESRI. We keep the software for people who are not yet familiar with ArcGIS (8.x -) No additional extensions are included but this software comes with basic utility tools (Import, Import71 & MIF-to-Shape.)

ESRI ArcGIS 10.2
Probably the most popular desktop GIS in the U.S. This latest ArcGIS Desktop gives you the power to manage and integrate your data, perform advanced analysis, model and automate operational processes, and display your results on professional-quality maps. We also have ESRI Data & Maps, which includes global GIS dataset as well as comprehensive street data for North America (perfect for geocoding.)

ESRI ArcGIS 10.2 Extensions
3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst & ArcScan.

My World GIS
My World GIS™ is a Geographic Information System (GIS) designed by the GEODE initiative at Northwestern University specifically for use in educational settings. My World allows learners to explore and analyze geographic data about our world.

AccuGlobe 2007
Free desktop GIS by DTTI. AccuGlobe Desktop 2007 includes standard GIS functions including GIS data viewing, editing and thematic mapping with on-the-fly projection feature.

Free program developed by Dr. Luc Anselin. It is designed to implement techniques for exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) on lattice data (points and polygons).

Software - GIS Tools

GIS tools/utilities, such as an excellent GIS data conversion tool, FME, are also available.

Safe FME Universal Translator
GIS data format conversion tool. FME (The Feature Manipulation Engine) is an integrated collection of spatial ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) tools for data transformation and data translation. We receive the latest edition.

Last updated: December 19, 2013