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GIS (Geographic Information Systems): Software & Training


Need to access GIS software or recommendations on learning and training resources?  

UNR supports a number of GIS software across campus. Select which software you need for detailed information on how to access and or download. 



There is an independent UNR Geographic Information Systems Help and Chat on Discord. "This is a place where you can come to find help or talk to fellow spatial data enthusiasts. It was started by Tom Dilts on April 27, 2021." If you would like to join the chat group please email Tom Dilts (NRES) or Chrissy Klenke (Libraries) for the invite.



Thinking about incorporating cool maps with data to analyze patterns, relationships, or situations for your class, project, research, or thesis/dissertation? Contact the Earth Science, GIS and Maps Librarian to discuss options for your research,  schedule a workshop for your class, or one-on-one assistance. 

Training, Guides, and Documentation:

ESRI's ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) & More

  • Esri’s Academy Training Courses - Training modules produced by ESRI, including self-paced courses, seminars, videos, and other resources covering a variety of ArcGIS topics and tools.  
  • Documentation on ArcGIS - Documentation on ArcGIS applications such as ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcMap, and more.  
  • ArcGIS Tutorial Gallery - Quick tutorials that approach GIS learning from a variety of topical applications on different platforms such as environment, health, humanities, public safety, etc. 

QGIS (Open Source GIS Software)

Google Earth and Google Earth Pro


For 3D Contour, Topographic, and Terrain model downloads:

  • Terrain2STL: create STL models of the surface of the Earth.
  • TouchTerrain: Easily create 3D-printable terrain models.
  • Contour Map Creator - download contour map lines as .SVG or .KLM files
  • Contours: download contour map lines as .GeoJSON, .PNG or .SVG files

Free ONLINE GIS Courses

Additional Free Online Courses

COURSERA - Learn a variety of skills from top Universities. 60+ courses for GIS skills: COURSERA - GIS  

ROAM (Repository for Open and Affordable Materials) - PennState 

  • Launched in 2007 by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and formerly known as OPEN.ED@PSU.EDU, Penn State's OER initiative enables departments and individual faculty to provide educational resources free of charge under a Creative Commons license.