What is GIS?
“Geographic Information Systems (GIS) represents a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.”
GIS & Data Lab
The GIS & Data lab features 16 high performance workstations equipped with touch screen monitors and an 80 inch touch screen instruction monitor to support interactive learning. Access to specialized software packages includes ArcGIS (ESRI), AutoDesk, MapInfo Professional 11.5, SPSS, and Beyond 20/20.
ESRI Software – Campus Site License
The Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) along with the Departments of Geography, Civil Engineering , Urban and Regional Planning and Chemistry and Biology share the cost and administer the ESRI Software – Campus Site License for access to the ArcGIS Suite of software. In addition to institutional access for ArcGIS Desktop software via the GIS & Data and/or departmental labs, students/staff/faculty in these participating departments or associated graduate programs may request ONE copy of ArcGIS Desktop – Student Edition software for academic use (teaching, research, educational purposes). Commercial use of the software is prohibited.
Before requesting a copy of ArcGIS Desktop – Student Edition – check the ArcGIS 10 for Desktop system requirements
Installation Support: ArcGIS Desktop 10 Trial Software Help and Resources (Videos)
Commercial GIS Software
A selection of the major commercial GIS software solutions:
ESRI ArcGIS Desktop – Desktop GIS
MapInfo – Desktop GIS
Safe Software – FME Desktop – Data Conversion and Transformation Software
PCI Geomatica – Remote Sensing & Image Analysis Software
Open Source Desktop GIS Software
QGIS – Recommended free and Open Source Desktop GIS Software
Explore other free GIS software options
Geospatial Data Viewers
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop – Free GIS viewer that allows for data exploration and visualization.
TatukGIS Viewer allows users to view most GIS/AutoCAD and raster image file types and most ArcView, ArcExplorer, and MapInfo projects. In addition, the viewer supports features including layer properties control, legend control, thematic mapping, spatial and attribute querying, custom labeling, on map measurements, and PDF export.
Autodesk – Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services, renewable as long as you remain eligible..
DMTI Spatial Inc. – Geopinpoint Suite
Canada’s most accurate and highly trusted address geocoding technology is available to members of the Ryerson community for educational, research, and academic purposes. Geocoding is the process of providing geographic coordinates for an address so that it can accurately be placed on a map. Complete the following form to Request Geopinpoint Software.