GIS Resources available at Dickinson



A suite of geographic information system (GIS) software products produced by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)


Dickinson has a new ESRI site license that provides unlimited access to any of the following ArcGIS components, on any college-owned computer (PC only):

  • ArcGIS 10.0 Desktop and Extensions
  • Enterprise Server Applications
  • Software Development Kits (SDK)
  • Mobile Applications

Availability (current as of 11/7/2011)

  • Public computer labs:
    • Keck Archaeology Lab, Information Commons, HUB Microroom, Stern, Denny, Old West
  • Selected classroom labs:
    •  e.g., ICC, Kaufman, Anthropology
  • Available for installation in other classrooms and labs upon request



  • Data & Maps Kit
    • A set of annual map data that is included at no additional cost with ArcGIS software and preconfigured to work with ArcGIS products.  Available for use by anyone on campus.


There are many, many sources of GIS data available online, some better than others – many free, others not.  A very small sample of the better ones include:



Virtual Campus – A program of Web-based, self-study lessons related to GIS technology and ESRI software, ranging from 2 to 30 hours each.  Dickinson’s ESRI site license provides free unlimited access to many of these lessons.  Available to any Dickinson College faculty, staff, or student (see


Hands-on workshops related to GIS technology and applications are offered periodically throughout the semester.  Check Compass or the LIS Teaching and Learning website ( for schedules.


One-on-one or department-level training is available upon request.  Please contact Dickinson’s GIS Specialist for more information.


In-house GIS Specialist

James Ciarrocca
Kaufman Hall, Room 188
ext. 1978 or


  • ESRI Support Center:
    • Excellent resource for any questions related to ESRI technology
  • Dickinson’s GIS website