Geospatial Data and Software
Geographic Information Science uses software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to manage, analyse and display data. "Every GIS comprises of 5 elements: computer hardware, software, data, personnel to run the system & a set of institutional arrangements to support the other components" (Aronoff,1989)
Geospatial data is increasingly available via download or live stream on the internet (see the links below). Some of is available on the UC network by mapping a drive to \\file\bulk\geodata (if prompted for your UC username prefix it with uocnt e.g. uocnt\<yourusername>).
The primary GIS software used at UC is ArcGIS from Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). The UC Esri site license provides ArcGIS Desktop v10.x (ArcMap) and ArcGIS Pro v2.x on UC owned Windows computers - if not already installed then it should be available via Software Centre. Mac and Linux users can run it in Windows in Bootcamp or a VM, or alternatively use QGIS which is multi-platform, free and open source.
The UC Esri site license also provides home use to enrolled students and continuing staff:
- ArcGIS Desktop v10.x 1yr Single-Use License
- ArcGIS Pro 2.x via a Named User license connected to UC's ArcGIS Online 'organisation' account, obtained by emailing John Thyne.
- Check out the Esri Academy for self-paced Training. You need an Esri/ArcGIS account for training that is free, while those that require 'maintenance' can be unlocked by getting connected to UC's ArcGIS Online 'organisation' account, obtained by emailing John Thyne.
- Another great resource is YouTube: For ArcGIS ArcMap search for keywords that include the software such as 'arcmap basics', or to create a map layout see How to make a simple map in ArcMap. For ArcGIS Pro search for 'arcgis pro basics', or to create a map layout see Make a layout in ArcGIS Pro.
- If you want to create a geological map then have a look at Digitising a geological map in ArcGIS Desktop from the Scientific Illustrator, Department of Geology, University of Otago.
- Finally, here are some tips on using ArcGIS at UC.
Need more information?
Contact our GIS Manager and Support person: