A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system for management, analysis, and display of geographic information. ArcMap is the primary application used in the ArcGIS platform, and is used to perform a wide range of common GIS tasks such as:

  • Visualize geographic information

  • Use geoprocessing to perform analysis of datasets

  • Compile and edit datasets

  • Manage geodatabases

ACU has a limited number of seats for ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online, and also provides access to ArcGIS through VMWare. If you are interested in accessing any of these, please email Mark McCallon at

ACU Scholars Lab (third floor of Brown Library) also provides desktop access with two computer workstations that can be reserved by emailing

For more resources, check out which offers many free courses on GIS and data training. Additionally, contact the Scholars Lab for more information.

221 Brown Library
ACU Box 29208
Abilene, TX 79699-9208
Ph: 325-674-2344


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