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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

A guide to tools, data resources, and training for GIS at the Library

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is the full-featured Esri product you have access to as student, faculty, or staff of the Claremont Colleges.

The ArcGIS Pro platform includes access to Esri's analytical tools (such as Business Analyst) as well as the tools for doing georeferencing of raster maps.

ArcGIS Pro requires a Windows operating system, and a valid ArcGIS account.

If you have already created your Claremont ArcGIS Online account and would like to download a copy of ArcGIS Pro for your computer, send us an email to receive a link to download the software.

Installation instructions for ArcGIS Pro are available on Esri's site.


Google Earth

While not a full GIS, Google Earth is a good way to get started quickly with some impressive spatial visualizations.

The web version of Google Earth can support many basic mapping projects, and Google Earth Pro is available for free download onto Windows and Mac machines and offers more advanced import/export features as well as historical data.


QGIS is a well-established free and open-source GIS platform that works on both Windows and Mac machines. 

ggmap package for R/RStudio

If you're working with R/RStudio and including geospatial data in your quantitative analysis, you can download the ggmap package which includes a collection of functions to visualize spatial data and models on top of static maps from various online sources (e.g. Google Maps). It includes tools common to those tasks, including functions for geolocation and routing.