Popular ArcGIS platforms include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS StoryMaps. These software and online platforms are created by Esri and are used to perform GIS analyses. Currently registered students and staff at uOttawa have access to these platforms for free. Click on the platform of your choice for more details.
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ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) will no longer be provided by Esri to higher education institutions, including uOttawa, as of May 1, 2024. All ArcGIS Desktop users are therefore recommended to migrate to ArcGIS Pro and/or ArcGIS Online as soon as possible.
ArcMap or ArcGIS desktop is a GIS software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Using ArcGIS, you can understand the geographic context of your data, allowing you to see relationships and identify patterns in new ways.
ArcGIS Online is a Web GIS platform that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. Users can create a map that can be viewed in a browser, desktop or mobile device and leverages cloud computing. This platform has been growing throughout the years with added functionality and improvements to its interface and Esri now recommends it as the starting point for new GIS learners.
Accessing your ArcGIS Online account is easy and can be done in 2 minutes by following the steps outlined in this document: ArcGIS Online: Login Instructions (uOttawa).
There are two main ways to access ArcGIS Online, (1) using a Named User account or (2) using an ArcGIS login (username/password). Here's a comparison between both types of accounts and which is recommended for you.
Once you have successfully logged in using your Named User account, your account will be automatically generated with the default permissions, including:
User type: GIS Professional Advanced
Add-on licenses: ArcGIS Pro Extensions
Esri access (online training courses): Enabled
ArcGIS Online users a credit system to run many analyses. Users have a default of 1,000 credits when generating their accounts. Although this should be sufficient for most users, some might require additional credits (e.g., to run advanced analyses). If you might require additional credits, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Users only have access to their ArcGIS Online accounts while they are registered students or staff members at the University of Ottawa and may therefore lose access to their accounts, including their web maps, web apps, and content, after leaving the institution. Users who want to have access to their content after leaving uOttawa can create a public account (see the ArcGIS login section above) and transfer their content to this account using the free ArcGIS Online Assistant. However, this is a third-party tool and therefore should be used at your own risk. Any content remaining in inactive accounts (i.e., account inactivity for one year or more) may be subject to deletion as part of regular institutional account maintenance and cleanup.
ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s newest flagship software which combines the analytical potential of ArcMap with a newer, more intuitive interface similar to ArcGIS Online. This software is also much easier to work with ArcGIS Online.
*Compatible with Windows 11
ArcGIS StoryMaps are a specialized application offered through Esri that allows you to tell a story by using a combination of text, images, videos, and interactive maps.
Learn to make you own StoryMaps: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/
Nine steps to great storytelling: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/429bc4eed5f145109e603c9711a33407
*University of Ottawa