The Map Room is unable to fulfil consultation requests at present as the relevant post is vacant. Whilst we cannot offer this service ourselves, we can recommend a private specialist, our former colleague Michael Athanson (email@example.com), who can carry out this work but would charge for his services.
Software and training materials
We support two GIS software packages: ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop and Online products and the open-source alternative Quantum GIS (QGIS).
There are many online tutorials and videos which support GIS use. We will be pleased to point you in the right direction of which GIS product and tutorial will be best for your project. See below for a summary of the most common GIS tools.
We can also help support other GIS-based software or products such as Story Maps, Collector for ArcGIS, FME and MapInfo. See the additional software section for further information.
A newer version of ESRI’s desktop software with a modernised interface, built-in 3D viewer and easier ways to share data with ArcGIS Online (see below). ArcGIS Pro will be available from IT shortly in the ArcGIS bundle. It is possible to download a free trial from ESRI’s website.
An open-source desktop GIS used for creating, editing, visualising, analysing and publishing geospatial information. It is part of the OSGeo project and can be used in conjunction with other open-source geospatial products.
ArcGIS Online is a completely web-based GIS useful for viewing, sharing and editing data. There is an increasing amount of published open GIS data that can be added quickly into the online map platform and some spatial analysis can be run on the fly.
Requires an ArcGIS Online account, available as a University account or free personal account with limited credits.