Software and Workstations
QGIS is a free and open source GIS software program that is compatible with Linux, Unix, Mac, and Windows operating systems. QGIS has been installed on the workstations in the Maps, Data, GIS Centre and is available for download (free of charge) at qgis.org.
The Esri ArcGIS suite of products is available to current students, staff, and faculty at McMaster University. The Esri ArcGIS suite provides users with a collection of products for analyzing and presenting a wide variety of spatial, demographic, and business information.
To request an account, contact email@example.com.
- ArcGIS Desktop: Desktop GIS software [learn more]
- ArcGIS Online: Web-based GIS software [learn more]
- Business Analyst Online: Web-based solution that applies GIS technology to extensive demographic, consumer spending, and business data [learn more]
- Community Analyst: Cloud-based location analytics solution to explore, analyze and drive policy with detailed analysis of demographics at the neighbourhood level [learn more]
- ArcGIS Pro: Professional desktop GIS software [learn more]
- App Studio: Template-based mobile app development software [learn more]
- Online training available for beginner to advanced levels (see Online Courses below)
Please note the Esri software is not Mac compatible.
There are several public-use PC workstations loaded with GIS and numeric data software like QGIS, ArcGIS, SPSS and SAS located within the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection. Another 4 workstations located just outside our doors in the public area of Mills Library are accessible on evenings and weekends when the Map Collection is closed.