How to obtain GIS software?
Faculty, staff, and students at UM-Dearborn are eligible to install ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro on a personally owned machine as long as the intended use is for academic/research/University related purposes. See Software Licensing and Distribution.
Faculty, staff, and students also have access to ESRI's cloud-based GIS, ArcGIS Online. Sign in with Enterprise Login, using the university's arcgis URL (umich.maps.arcgis.com), and authenticating with your umich login information.
How to get data into a GIS
To include a scanned image of a map in a GIS that is missing a spatial reference, one would provide the map with a spatial frame of reference in a process referred to as georeferencing. Learn how to georeference an image in ArcGIS Pro.
If the location information that is provided is in the form of street addresses, the GIS can determine the correct geographic locations through geocoding.
Free GIS / Cartography courses
Upcoming ESRI MOOCs:
These free online classes offer a convenient, effective, and fun way to keep up with the fast-paced developments in the ArcGIS platform. Classes are open day and night and require only a couple of hours of study per week. A certificate is available upon completion.
- Article in GIS Lounge (13 January 2018) on online options to learn GIS for free.