Geospatial tools


A geographic information system, ArcGIS can be used by anyone working with geospatial data or in fact any statistical information that includes geographical variables such as location, elevation, population density and so on. If the information being used features a geographical representation of the world as part of the mix, ArcGIS should be of interest. It can be used to:

  • view maps/mapped information as part of analysis;
  • compile geographic data;
  • build and edit maps to help analysis or visualisation;
  • amend properties and fields in geospatial databases and generally manage such information;
  • develop projects that draw on the large user base and functionality this package has built up.

It can be used with any geo-spatial data such as the Landscan population database. (The username and password required to access the Landscan Web Map Service (WMS) or Web Coverage Service GIS application is provided on the Username and password webpage.)


ArcGIS is available on library computers in the Social Science Library and Weston Library (it can be found in the all programs menu).


  • ArcGIS: Essentials from IT Learning Centre Digital Skills Courses
  • ArcGIS training tutorials on LinkedIn Learning (use your SSO to log in, and enter your search term in the search box).
  • Training is also provided by staff at the Bodleian Map Room.


Atlas.ti can be used to work with Google Earth files: create documents from KML (Keyhole Markup Language) or KMZ files (zipped KML files), which will start Google Earth and fly you to a specified location. Google Earth functionality is enabled from within Atlas.ti.


MapInfo is a geographic information system (GIS) popular among entry-level users due to its low cost and ease of use. GIS is software that is designed to store, query, analyse, process, and visualise spatial data.


MapInfo at ITLC's Portfolio

Geospatial Analysis Online

Geospatial Analysis Online is a free resource, based on the book Geospatial Analysis: a comprehensive guide (5th Edition, 2015 - de Smith, Goodchild, Longley) introduces concepts, methods and tools, provides many examples using a variety of software tools such as ArcGIS, etc. to clarify the concepts discussed. It aims to be comprehensive (but not necessarily exhaustive) in terms of concepts and techniques, representative and independent in terms of software tools, and above all practical in terms of application and implementation.