Geographic Information System

What is it?

A framework that provides the ability to capture and analyze spatial and geographic data.

Why use it?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a conceptualized framework that can capture and analyze spatial and geographic data. GIS applications are computer-based systems that enable users to create, store and edit spatial and non-spatial data, analyze the spatial information output, and visually share these results via maps.

How do I get started?

ArcGIS Online

Start at to get logged in through CAS.

ArcGIS Desktop/Pro

Start at the library: ArcGIS Desktop/Pro

How do I get help?

ITS Staff is available to answer your questions and meet you for a consultation and/or group training, if needed. We can help brainstorm ideas for using ArcGIS in your teaching based on your specific needs and discipline. Simply reach out to

Help from Library GIS support

The following includes Claremont Colleges instructions



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