Geographic Information System

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Geographic Information System

A Geographic Information System (GIS) uses digital hardware and software to collect, manage, analyze, and display information about specific locations.

  • Gives us a way to understand our world in a visual geospatial format.
  • Can be used to analyze social data such as crime patterns and population demographics.
  • Helpful in analyzing physical features such as watershed and soil characteristics for biological studies, agricultural interests, and environmental issues.
  • Can be used for city and regional planning and for emergency response development.

Computers & Equipment

GIS Workstation Computer w/ ScannerSoftware & Applications

  • ESRI ArcGIS 10.3.1 (full suite – including ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, and ArcScene)
  • Esri Map Data
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Google Earth Sketch-up
  • Adobe Design CS5 (full suite – including Photoshop, and Illustrator)
  • Microsoft Office (full suite including Word, Access and Excel)

44 Inch Large Format Color Scanner

  • 48 bit color
  • 16 bit grayscale
  • 600-dpi adjustable to1200/9600
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Students working on GIS projects have priority

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GPS unitGarmin 60Csx

Available for checkout to UNL students with current ID

Visit the Geology Library

(2) GIS Workstation Computers / AlcoveSoftware & Applications

  • ESRI ArcGIS 10.3.1 (full suite – including ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, and ArcScene)
  • Esri Map Data
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Adobe Design CS5 (full suite – including Photoshop, and Illustrator)
  • Microsoft Office (full suite including Word, Access and Excel)
  • MapSource (U.S. topos for GPS units)
Photo of students using the computer workstations

Students working on GIS projects have priority

Tutorials & Training

GIS Tutorial Workbook

  • Version 10.2 – includes 6 month license of ArcGIS software.
  • PC version only.
  • Requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 AND Microsoft Internet Explorer, Version 8.
  • A limited number are free to UNL Students with current ID.

Virtual Tutorials & Training Through ESRI

Free Courses

Fee-Based Courses

UNL students, faculty and staff are eligible to take selected ESRI Virtual Campus fee-based courses for FREE.

Registering For Training Courses

STEP 1: Register For Courses Through ESRI Course Catalog

STEP 2: After selecting your courses:

  • email Houcine Chraibi at license@unl.edu
  • list the title of the course you want to enroll in.
  • You will receive a course access code in your email.
  • Call Esri Telebusiness at 800-447-9778 with your course access code.

Related GIS sites & Data