GIS Software Licensing & Acquisition


Tufts Technology Services manages several GIS software licenses. For information regarding GIS software licensing and acquisition, please contact Patrick Florance, Associate Director of Geospatial Technology Services. For a listing of Tufts computer labs with ArcGIS Dekstop installed, please see the Labs with GIS Software section.

Software Acquisition

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

1. A&SE –
2. Boston Campus –

GIS Software Licenses Available:

ESRI ArcGIS ArcInfo 10.3.1
ArcGIS is the industry standard GIS software. Tufts TTS holds a university-wide site license. ArcGIS ArcInfo can be installed on any Tufts-owned computer or a faculty personal computer. The software only runs on a PC.

Extensions included:

  • ArcScan
  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • KMLer
  • Maplex
  • Network Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Schematics
  • Spatial Analyst
  • Survey Analyst
  • 3D Analyst

ArcGIS 10.3.1 Student Edition
ArcGIS 10.3.1 Student Edition is 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. The software may only be used for educational, research, and academic purposes, and not for commercial use or resale. You can pick up your copy of the software in the Data Lab when a Student Lab Assistant is on duty.

Extensions included:

  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • Network Analyst
  • Spatial Analyst
  • 3D Analyst

ESRI ArcView 3.3
ArcView 3.3 is an older desktop GIS package. Tufts TTS holds a university-wide site license of ArcView 3.3. ArcView 3.3 can be installed on any Tufts-owned computer or a faculty personal computer. The software only runs on a PC.

ENVI 5.1
ENVI software is for processing and analyzing geospatial imagery. ENVI software combines spectral image processing and image analysis technology. TTS owns a 25 seat floating license of ENVI. The software is installed in the Data Lab and Eaton Computer Lab.

ERDAS Imagine 2014
ERDAS Imagine is software designed for processing, interpretation, and analysis of remotely sensed imagery. TTS owns five floating licenses of Imagine.

FME Professional ESRI Edition 2014
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 and 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.

Google SketchUp Pro
Google SketchUp Pro is a 3D modeling software tool that allows designers and planners to explore, communicate and present complex 3D concepts. TTS has fifteen floating licenses which are installed in the Data Lab.

Miscellaneous Software

TTS provides several single-use and limited software and GIS tools and extensions through the Data Lab.