Acquiring Geospatial Software – Introduction

Tufts Technology Services manages several Geospatial software licenses. Please see the following sections for:

Please note, this is not a full list of our Geospatial Software, only software that requires licensing. To see a full list of Geospatial Software we support, please see our Data Lab Software Page.

For additional questions regarding GIS software licensing and acquisition, please contact our GIS Support Elist.


GIS Software Licenses:

Geospatial Software Licenses Available:

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10.4.1

ESRI ArcGIS is the industry standard GIS software. Tufts Technology Services holds a university-wide site license. ArcGIS can be installed on any Tufts-owned computer or a faculty personal computer. The software only runs on a windows operating system.

    Extensions included:
    • 3D Analyst
    • ArcPad Data Manager
    • ArcScan
    • Data Interoperability
    • Data Reviewer
    • Geostatistical Analyst
    • Network Analyst
    • Publisher
    • Schematics
    • Spatial Analyst
    • Tracking Analyst

ArcGIS 10.4 Student Editions – DVDs & Digital Download

ArcGIS 10.3x Student Editions are available for current Tufts University students. ArcGIS 10.3x Student Editions are a full-featured GIS software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. This is a 1 year, limited license that students can install on their personal computer via a DVD or digital download key. The software may only be used for educational, research, and academic purposes, and not for commercial use or resale.

    Extensions included:
    • Geostatistical Analyst
    • Network Analyst
    • Spatial Analyst
    • 3D Analyst

ENVI 5.3.1 + IDL 8.5

ENVI software is for processing and analyzing geospatial imagery. ENVI software combines spectral image processing and image analysis technology. The software is installed in the Data Lab and Eaton Computer Lab.

ERDAS Imagine 2016

ERDAS Imagine is software designed for processing, interpretation, and analysis of remotely sensed imagery. TTS owns five floating licenses of Imagine.

FME Desktop 2016

The Feature Manipulate Engine (FME) by Safe Software is specifically designed for conversion and translation of spatial data formats. TTS owns a 30 seat floating license of FME.

Google Earth Pro

Google Earth is free and can be installed on any personal computer. The Data Lab has a 50 seat license of Google Earth Pro for more specialized use.

Additional Software

TTS provides several single-use and limited software and GIS tools and extensions in the Data Lab. These software are not available for individual download.

ArcGIS Online

For access to an ArcGIS Online account through Tufts University, please see our page on ArcGIS Online


GIS Software Acquisition for Faculty/Staff:

GIS Software Acquisition for Faculty/Staff:

If you are a faculty/staff/student member and would like any of the above software installed on a Tufts-Owned Computer please contact the following:

1. A&SE – it@tufts.edu
2. Boston Campus – OIT@tufts.edu


Current Students

GIS Software Acquisition for Current Students:

ArcGIS 10.3 Student Editions – DVDs & Digital Download

You can pick up your copy of the software in the Data Lab when a Student Lab Assistant is on duty or email gis-support@elist.tufts.edu for a digital download key.


Data Lab

GIS Software Installed in the Data Lab

For the full list of all software installed in the Data Lab, please see our Software Page


Data Lab

Labs with GIS Software Installed

For a list of Tufts computer labs with GIS Software Installed, please see this page.