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GIS and Geospatial Data

This guide provides information on GIS software and training/classes available at the University of Arizona, where to find geospatial data and interactive maps.     

For assistance with GIS software or finding geospatial data, contact Chris Kollen or Ben Hickson in the Library.


Geospatial Data and Online Maps -- GIS and Public Health -- GIS Software and Services 


ESRI Software  -- GIS Lite -- GIS Utilities 


ESRI Software and Training

The University of Arizona has a site license to ESRI software, training and services.

  • The site license provides access to ESRI software such as ArcGIS. The software is available to UA faculty and staff only.
  • As part of the site license, ESRI offers a one-year trial for ArcGIS Desktop software for UA students. 
  • The site license provides access to the ESRI Virtual Campus self-paced learning modules to UA students, faculty, or staff.
  • Find, create, use, and share GIS content with ArcGIS Online through a free account or using, the UA's site license (provides more functionality and data). Also provides access to Business Analyst Online (BAO)  and Community Analyst Online (CAO) will need account for ArcGIS Online and BAO/CAO.

Contact Andrew Honaman,, or Tawny Lochner,, for login and password for any of the above software, training or services.


ArcGIS is available in the library in the Main Library Information Commons, Science-Engineering Library Information Commons, and the Fine Arts Library. Computers in the Information Commons are networked to the black/white and laser color printers. There is also a plotter and large-format scanner available at the Express Document Center.


GIS Lite


CartoDB: A cloud computing platform and freemium service that provides web mapping tools to visualize and analyze data. 

Quantum GIS (QGIS): This open-source GIS software is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It supports a wide range of vector, raster, database formats and functionalities; runs on Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Mac OSX.

Scribble Maps: Free products where you can create customized online maps. You can import KMLs, shapefiles, tabular files; mark up maps, measure distances, add text, images, and shapes. Maps can be embedded in a webpage or exported.


GIS Utilities An easy way to input geographic locations and create a Google map. Can also geocode addresses. 

FFIEC Geocoding System: Enter a street address to identify census tract/BNA, MSA and other codes, and obtain basic population, housing, and income data.

Importing Data from Excel Spreadsheets: How to import data from Excel spreadsheets and CSV files updated for ArcGIS 10 and Microsoft Office 2007/2010.


Zonums Geospatial Data Utilities: Convert KML files to shapefiles, shapefiles to KML, Excel to KML, Color your map, etc.


Last modified: January 8, 2016