The Interdiciplinary Research Collaboratory supports and distributes Esri ArcGIS suite of software to the UCSB community. All UCSB students, faculty, and staff may install Esri's desktop software on their personal computers and have access to ArcGIS Online using their netID's.  Users from departments and units who contribute to the site license have access to all of Esri's desktop and server software, map and datapacks, and access to Esri technical support.  

You may also be interested in our page describing GIS activities in the Library and around campus.

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ArcGIS Online

All users with UCSB netIDs have access to ArcGIS Online.  More information about ArcGIS Online.  

Esri Business Analyst Online (BAO) and Community Analyst (which we believe to be identical products) have a separate login pages. These products allow location analysis using a wide variety of proprietary demographic and economic indicators, including for 32 countries in Western and Eastern Europe.  If you would like to use these tools, email collaboratory [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu and request to be authorized to use these tools.

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS, another online tool, is also available via a separate login page.

ArcGIS Desktop and Pro

Getting the software

Several UCSB entities contribute to a university-wide site license for the Esri suite of GIS software.  Several different options are available, depending on your departmental affiliations and how you want to use the software.

Using UCSB-owned hardware

If you are affiliated with one of the site-license departments listed below: please contact your technical contact for access to Esri software.  All other UCSB users will be charged $150 per license per year.  Contact jonjab [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Jon Jablonski) for details.

  • Bren School: Steve Miley
  • Earth Research Institute: Michael Colee
  • Earth Science: Peter Green
  • Economics Department (Broom Lab): Girish Kowligi
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology: Angie Gallagher
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Geography Department: Dylan Parenti
  • Institutional Advancement
  • All other L&S departments: Chas Thompson
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis: Mark Schildhauer
  • Marine Science Institute: Jim Woods
  • UCSB Library: Jon Jablonski
  • Facilities Management: Paul Bartsch

For your own machine

All students, staff, and faculty at UCSB are eligible for a 12-month license to ArcGIS for their personal computers.  Email collaboratory [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu from a UCSB email address to request your license.


The 12-month license should NOT be used on UCSB-owned computers.  Make sure to obtain and activate your code BEFORE attempting to install the software.  Installation DVDs for ArcGIS 10.5 and ArcGIS Pro 2.0 are available for use in the Collaboratory.  You can also obtain copies of the installers--make sure you bring an NTFS-formatted hard drive or USB stick: the installers are quite large.  More information.

Getting support

The Library has a number of GIS training manuals and workbooks available as part of its collection.  Search UCSB Library Search.

Esri Training

Esri provides access to all of its online training materials as part of our campus site license.  

Your enterprise login account (UCSBnetID) needs to be authorized to access this content.  Please email jonjab [at] ucsb [dot] edu FROM THE UCSB ADDRESS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR ArcGIS Online Account for this authorization.

Once authorized, sign into the Esri Training Site using the 'Enterprise Account' option and your UCSB NetID. 

Contact the Interdiciplinary Research Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is available for basic Esri support, especially for issues involving installing 12-month licenses.  We are happy to get you started using ArcGIS for desktop, help you to choose a Virtual Campus class, and to identify data from our collections or on the Internet to help you complete your mapping and spatial analysis projects.  Please email us at collaboratory [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.

Spatial Help Desk

Spatial@UCSB runs a Help Desk for students, staff, and researchers.  This is a drop-in consulting service for research design and implementation for faculty, staff, and graduate student projects. The help desk serves as a starting point to connect with spatial resources available around campus, such as expert personnel, instructional materials, and software.

Campus GIS Discussion List

The Collaboratory runs an email listserv to discuss GIS issues.