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GIS Junction

A new geographic information systems (GIS) skill-building space.

Open to all students, staff, and faculty!


Learn the basics of GIS:

  • Making a map to include in an upcoming publication
  • Performing spatial analysis for an SCE
  • Creating a StoryMap for a class project
  • And much more!



Visit GIS Junction first to gain access to the Esri suite of ArcGIS software.


Esri is the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping.

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is the premier desktop geographic information system (GIS) application. Crafted with user-driven innovations, it offers unparalleled tools and capabilities that support your work. Users can maintain spatial data effectively; generate stunning 2D, 3D, and 4D visualizations; and conduct advanced mapping analytics. The seamless data sharing within the ArcGIS system fosters valuable GIS solutions and insights.

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ArcGIS Online (AGOL)

Build interactive web maps and applications with ArcGIS Online, Esri's web-based mapping software. ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping and analysis solution. Use it to make maps, to analyze data, and to share and collaborate.


NOTE: Please skip any paid instructor-led courses. All other courses are free and accessible at any time. 

GIS Fundamentals

Geographic information systems (GIS) are used by organizations all over the world to visualize real-world features, find patterns, analyze change, and turn raw data into actionable information that supports sound decisions. Complete this plan to understand key concepts that underlie GIS technology and get started making GIS maps.

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ArcGIS Pro Fundamentals

Get started with the leading desktop GIS app. The wise ones say every journey starts with a single step. Your path to becoming an ArcGIS Pro power user starts here. Complete this plan to get familiar with the user interface, apply commonly used tools, and master the basics of mapping and analyzing data using ArcGIS Pro.

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ArcGIS Online Fundamentals

ArcGIS Online enables knowledge workers throughout an organization to discover, use, create, and share web maps and apps-anytime from anywhere. Complete this plan to understand ArcGIS Online capabilities, publish content to an ArcGIS Online organizational site, create web maps and apps, and review common ArcGIS Online administrative tasks.

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ArcGIS StoryMaps Fundamentals

Tell map-infused stories that engage, inform, and inspire. Unleash your creativity and craft stories that connect with your audience. The StoryMaps app gives you free rein to combine maps, text, images, video, and audio to share highly engaging, structured narratives. Complete this plan to master the steps to build and share map-based stories.

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Get Started with ArcGIS Experience Builder

ArcGIS Experience Builder empowers anyone to create highly engaging web apps and web pages without writing code. This seminar introduces Experience Builder features and shows how to create complete web experiences tailored to your audience. See how easy it is to build responsive web apps that can include both 2D and 3D content using Experience Builder's configurable templates and drag-and-drop interface.

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Introduction to Coordinate Systems

Coordinate systems form the basis for all GIS functions. In this course, you will learn about why coordinate systems are important and about the two types of coordinate systems used in mapping: geographic coordinate systems and projected coordinate systems.

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Fundamentals of Data Management

Efficiently manage and maintain the accuracy of your organization's geographic data assets. Maps, analysis results, and real-time location intelligence are only as reliable as the data on which they are based. Stave off the garbage-in-garbage-out scenario and learn how to maintain authoritative geographic data. The courses and resources here will help you build the skills needed to store, organize, update, and disseminate accurate data that supports sound decision-making.

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