Service Catalog: Spatial Analysis Tools/ArcGIS

Summary (what you get):

The ESRI software tool platform, ArcGIS, is a commercial GIS software tool that is widely used to display and examine spatial data. In addition to ESRI desktop tools, users can also share created data on the Internet using ArcServer software.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges has access to ESRI ArcGIS 10 for desktop and associated resources for working with spatial data through a campus-wide education license. Both desktop software and online mapping tools are available, including the Community Analyst (demographic analysis) and Business Analyst (market research) tools.

Services included:

ArcGIS 10 Desktop Software

The ArcGIS 10 desktop software can be installed to a PC computer (not available on Mac unless the Mac has been enabled to run Windows). Our license for ArcGIS 10 includes the following extensions: 3d Analyst, ArcScan, Geostatistical Analyst, Maplex, Network Analyst, Publisher, Schematics, Spatial Analyst, and Tracking Analyst.


Currently, the ESRI ArcGIS 10 desktop software is installed to all campus computers that run the Windows platform. This includes the Mac computers in Lib1002 (MM lab), which operate on both Mac and Windows platforms. The software can also be found on all Windows computers on the first floor of the library and in Gulick 208.

Related Software Tools

Often the completion of an analysis or the creation of a map using ArcGIS desktop software requires the use of associated tools, such as the following:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign

For assistance with any of these tools, please contact the Digital Learning Team.

Installing the software to campus (faculty and staff) and personal machines

In accordance with our license agreement, any faculty/staff member or student who would like to install this software either to their IT Services-assigned machine, personal Windows computer, or Mac machine that has been enabled to run Windows, may install ArcGIS 10 software.

ArcServer Software

ArcServer is an ESRI tool that allows users to share custom spatial datasets on the Internet.


This resource is available to any GIS or non-GIS user. It can be used to post data generated by a GIS user or used to create custom datasets to be used in the classroom by users not proficient in GIS software who would still like to leverage spatial data in teaching and learning.

Example Projects

HWS Trees ArcServer Project

ESRI Community and Business Analyst

Community and Business online extensions provide a custom set of analysis tools designed to manipulate and generate maps, reports and other visualizations of demographic data (United States only).



This resource is available through the Internet on all platforms. Access is limited and requires that an account be created and access granted by an administrator.

What is not included:

Use of ArcGIS 10 on personal or campus-owned machines is strictly limited to educational use and field-related research.

Related information:

Available Tutorials

Our license agreement includes access to a large catalog of self-guided online tutorials for learning the ArcGIS 10 desktop software. For more information, please contact the Digital Learning Team at DLC@hws.edu or by phone at ext. 4420.

License Sign-Out To Personal Computers

Users on computers not connected to the HWS network must sign out a license when they use the software. Instructions for signing out ArcGIS 10 to personal computers are available on the Instructions, Training Programs, & Guides page (PDF)

Where/how to request this service:

Displaying spatial information and performing spatial analysis can be done using tools that are available on the Internet, through desktop tools, as well as open source options. For assistance exploring and selecting the right spatial analysis tool for your class or project, please contact the Digital Learning Team at dlc@hws.edu or ext. 4420.

To install ArcGIS 10 desktop software to a Windows machine on the HWS network, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@hws.edu or ext. 4357.

For further information about ArcServer, posting data to be shared, or generating custom datasets to be used as teaching and learning tool, please contact the Digital Learning Team at DLC@hws.edu or by calling ext. 4420.

For an account to access the ESRI Community and Business Analyst tools, please contact the Digital Learning Team at DLC@hws.edu or by calling ext. 4420.

power button If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please submit a request, call the Help Desk at  (315) 781-4357, or e-mail helpdesk@hws.edu.