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Getting Stared with GIS at Yale

Getting the Software:

The Yale University Library maintains an enterprise education license for the full suite of ESRI Software products. Licensing for the software is server-based, and the software may be obtained in the following ways:

Faculty/Staff - Two installation packages are available to faculty & staff on the Yale Software Site. One includes the basic ArcGIS Desktop component of the ArcGIS Suite and tutorial data. The second package includes the ArcGIS Desktop Software and tutorial data, as well as the ArcInfo Workstation and VBA Developer Kit. Both packages include automated installation and registration of the license server, as well as automatic patching of the packages with the latest Service Packs.

Students - The Yale University Library Map Collection makes Student Evaluation Versions of the latest release of ArcGIS Desktop available to students, at no cost. These packages are licensed at the ArcView level for one year from the time of installation and registration.

Other Needs - As noted, The Yale University Library licenses the full suite of ESRI products. If you have need products other than the ArcGIS

Getting Data:

Depending on your interests, there are a few sites to start with for your data needs. Alternatively, Yale Map Collection staff are available to assist you in searching and acquiring spatial data for your analysis needs.

  • Geodata.gov - The U.S. Geospatial One-Stop.
  • ESRI Census Data - Data from the 1990 & 2000 U.S. Census, prepared for use in ArcGIS. Also includes basic infrastructure & street files formatted for geocoding.
  • USGS Seamless Data Distribution Site - The USGS interface for browsing & Downloading U.S. & International Data. An especially convenient source of Digital Elevation Data.
  • STARTING the HUNT - Guide to Mostly On-Line and Mostly Free U.S. Geospatial and Attribute Data. Catalogs major sources of spatial data, primarily by U.S. State.

Getting Instruction:

The Yale Map Collection GIS Workshops - The Yale University Library Map Collection conducts weekly, task-based workshops during the regular semester. The schedule/registration pages for these workshops can be accessed through the Workshop Schedule Page. Tutorial materials from these workshops, including relevant datasets, can be downloaded for independent use from The Map Collection Website.

The ESRI Virtual Campus - Yale's Site License provides access to a large number of ESRI Virtual Campus courses. These courses range from 60 minute seminar-style presentations to full multi-hour interactive courses. Access codes can be requested from Abraham Parrish. Please limit your request to 3 courses at one time.

Custom Workshops & Sessions - Targeted tutorial & Introductory Sessions are available from the Yale Map Collection. Contact Abraham Parrish for more information.

Getting Support:

The ESRI Support Site - A User & ESRI maintained Support site, including nearly a decade of troubleshooting & discussion on issues related to the use of ESRI products.

The Yale GIS-L Listserv - This mailing list is the primary method of contact for the Yale GIS community. Primarily used for announcements relevant to GIS use at Yale, including workshop schedules, software updates, etc...

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