GIS Software

Information about GIS software and applications including both commercial and open source GIS applications. This category covers desktop GIS (Esri’s ArcGIS suite, MapInfo, QGIS, and GRASS) as well as web mapping, GIS apps, mobile GIS, and component GIS.

An oblique image of 3D buildings in purple on top of a green base layer.

Mapping Buildings in 2.5D Using ArcGIS Pro

Jeff Oppong

Learn how to find and use building footprint data from OpenStreetMap to create a 2.5D map in ArcGIS Pro.

Growth of GIS job listings with the term open source.

Five Reasons to Start Using QGIS

Caitlin Dempsey

Here are five compelling reasons to start using the open-source GIS platform QGIS, a free and open source software.

Shapefile Viewers

Caitlin Dempsey

Listed here are shapefile viewers for viewing GIS vector data in shapefile format by using desktop software or an online option.

Side by side maps showing land cover and a suitability map showing areas where cocoa can be planted.

How to Use the Suitability Modeler in ArcGIS Pro

Jeff Oppong

Learn how to use the suitability modeler in ArcGIS Pro to map out suitable areas given a set of criteria.

R Packages for Spatial Analysis

Caitlin Dempsey

Looking for R spatial packages? Listed here is a brief look some of the spatial packages in R that are available.