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. For a list of software installed in the Data Lab, see Data Lab Software.

Software Acquisition

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

1. A&SE –
2. Boston Campus –

GIS Software Licenses Available:

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10.3.1
ESRI ArcGIS is the industry standard GIS software. Tufts TTS 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 PC.

Extensions included:

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

ArcGIS 10.3 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. You can pick up your copy of the software in the Data Lab when a Student Lab Assistant is on duty or email for a digital download key.

Extensions included:

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

Resources for Installing ArcGIS on a Mac:

ENVI + IDL 5.3
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 2015
ERDAS Imagine is software designed for processing, interpretation, and analysis of remotely sensed imagery. TTS owns five floating licenses of Imagine.

FME Desktop 2015
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.

Miscellaneous Software

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

ArcGIS Online

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