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ArcGIS Desktop

Tools for Authoring, Editing, and Analyzing Geographic Information

ArcGIS Desktop

What Is GIS?
ArcGIS Desktop is software that enables you to discover patterns, relationships, and trends in your data that are not readily apparent in databases, spreadsheets, or statistical packages. Beyond showing you your data as points on a map, ArcGIS Desktop gives you the power to manage and integrate your data, perform advanced analysis, model and automate operational processes, and display your results on professional-quality maps. A geographic information system (GIS) is an integrated collection of computer software and data used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships, and model spatial processes. A GIS provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so that it can be displayed and analyzed.

Why GIS?
GIS gives you tools to analyze your data and see the results in the form of powerful, interactive maps that reveal how things work together, allowing you to make the most informed decisions possible.

Patient Addresses

Seeing the data on a map powered by GIS instead of a spreadsheet allows for better decisions, faster. In this example of an infectious disease outbreak, ArcGIS Desktop was used to identify gathering locations, such as schools and churches, with the greatest likelihood of attracting people who are already infected. This model and resulting map provided public health officials with a list of high-priority locations that would need to be closed to prevent the spread of the disease.

Risk Levels

Tools for Authoring, Editing, and Analyzing Geographic Information

GIS has proven itself over and over again as a technology tool for many facets of our business. Its more than just computer mapping. Its real data integration, analysis, and visualization.
John Chestnut GIS Specialist Coinstar

Answer Questions, Test Predictions, and Examine Relationships

With a rich analysis framework, including readyto-use tools and the ability to build process models, scripts, and complete workflows, ArcGIS Desktop gives you the power to better answer questions, test predictions, and examine relationships in your data. You can use ArcGIS Desktop to answer questions such as Where are my customers? Where should I put new stores or facilities? Who is impacted in an emergency? What is the best way to respond to a power outage? What are the highest traffic areas of a city? Which land parcels owe taxes? What is the environmental impact of a new development?
Coinstar uses ArcGIS Desktop to find new machine sites that will maximize the population served and minimize the risk of cannibalization to existing machines.

Desktop GIS
ArcGIS Desktop ArcGIS Engine ArcGIS Explorer

Server GIS
ArcGIS Server ArcGIS Image Server

Mobile GIS
ArcGIS Mobile ArcPad

Online GIS
ArcGIS Online ArcWeb Services

CenterPoint Energys Land & Right-of-Way Division uses ArcGIS Desktop to maximize revenue and nonrevenue benefits of real property assets, prevent adverse effect to primary use, minimize risk and liabilities, and minimize cost to manage and own property. Estimated savings in labor costs from use of ArcGIS is approximately $80,000 per year.

Community Data StreetMap ESRI Data & Maps

ESRI ArcGIS is a complete geographic information system that lets you author, serve, and use geographic knowledge. Within this system, ArcGIS Desktop is the platform that small and large organizations alike employ to create, edit, and analyze their data.

Why ArcGIS Desktop?

Create, Edit, and Ensure the Quality of Your Geographic Data

Manipulate data with a minimum number of clicks and automate your editing workflow with the ArcGIS Desktop powerful suite of editing tools. Advanced editing and coordinate geometry (COGO) tools simplify your data design, input, and cleanup. Multiuser editing support makes it possible for multiple users to edit your geodatabase at the same time, facilitating data sharing between departments, organizations, and field staff.

Disconnect from your database and edit in the field.

Perform the Complete Cartographic Production Process within Your GIS

Easily create professional-quality, publication-ready maps with ArcGIS Desktop softwares simple wizards, predefined map templates, extensive suite of map elements, and advanced drawing and symbolization tools. The comprehensive set of cartographic tools in ArcGIS Desktop automates many aspects of cartography, making map production a less time-consuming task. Your completed maps can be saved, printed, exported, and embedded in other documents or applications.

Produce customized, accurate, publication-quality maps with ArcGIS Desktop.

Manage Your Data More Efficiently

With support for more than 70 data formats, you can easily integrate all types of data for visualization and analysis with ArcGIS Desktop. Create databases, define database schemas, and administer the integrity of databases with an extensive set of geographic, tabular, and metadata management, creation, and organization tools.

ArcGIS Desktop is a universal data integration system.

Get Started Immediately with Ready-to-Use Data

You can begin your visualization and analysis right away with the included ESRI Data & Maps Media Kit, which is updated annually and preconfigured to work specifically with ESRI software. The ESRI Data & Maps Media Kit includes more than 24 GB of data including Basemap and thematic MXDs for Canada, Europe, Mexico, the United States, and the world Commercial data from Tele Atlas, AND Mapping, DMTI Spatial, WorldSat, EarthSat, EuroGeographics, Michael Bauer Research, World Wildlife Fund, SIGSA, and ESRI Ninety-meter Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) dataset All levels of U.S. Census geography and ZIP Codes TIGER 2000-based StreetMap USA data ArcGIS Online includes optimized, ready-to-use content and capabilities including 2D maps, 3D globes, and reference layers. ArcGIS Online services are always available on the Web so that users with Internet access can use these services at any time.

Customize ArcGIS Desktop to Meet Your Unique Needs

Easily customize the user interface by adding and removing buttons and menu items or docking toolbars. Develop custom GIS desktop applications with ArcGIS Engine, which is available through the ESRI Developer Network (EDN ). ArcGIS Engine provides application programming interfaces (APIs) for COM, .NET, Java, and C++; detailed documentation; and a series of high-level visual components that make it easy for even the casual programmer to build an ArcGIS application.

Use the ESRI Data & Maps Media Kit and ArcGIS Online maps, along with your own data, as your basemap framework for deploying your GIS applications.

Use and Distribute Data in Many Formats

Eliminate your data use and distribution barriers with open and interoperable GIS software. ArcGIS Desktop supports a number of industry standards including IT and Web services such as the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and DXF and KML.

Directly use data in many formats within the ArcGIS Desktop environment.

ArcGIS Desktop Extensions

Specialized GIS Tools and Analysis
Expand ArcGIS Desktop with Specialized GIS Tools
A wide-ranging suite of optional extensions dramatically expands the functional capabilities of ArcGIS Desktop with specialized GIS tools.

ArcGIS Desktop includes ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView, and the ArcGIS Desktop extensions. Each product includes additional functionality, which is enabled as you move from ArcView to ArcEditor to ArcInfo.

Powerful three-dimensional visualization and analysis capabilities

Comprehensive raster-based spatial modeling and analysis

Easy and cost-effective map publication capabilities

To find out which ArcGIS Desktop products best meet your needs, visit

Advanced routing, closest facility, and service area analysis

ESRI Support and Educational Services

ESRI has a long-standing commitment to serving and responding to the GIS user community, which is exemplified by its breadth of support services. ArcGIS support and educational services consist of technical maintenance programs designed to meet the needs of different types of users, software releases and updates, technical support, online support services, publications, training, and consulting services.

ArcGIS Maintenance Program

ESRI offers a cost-effective maintenance program that includes software updates, technical support, and many other benefits. Offered as an annual subscription, this program makes it easy for you to plan for the cost of support and software updates. Complimentary registrations to the ESRI International User Conference are included with certain standard ESRI software maintenance programs. For more information, visit

Technical Support
ESRI offers a rich array of technical support and user community resources to help you meet your GIS challenges. From 24/7 technical support to online user groups and a variety of self-help resources, ESRI has the tools to make you successful. For more information, visit

Training and Education

ESRI offers instructor-led courses at ESRI learning centers and client facilities around the world as well as over the Internet. Self-study Web courses are also available for those who prefer online training. Courses cover a variety of topics related to ESRI software, the theory underlying GIS technology, and applying GIS tools to find solutions in particular fields. ESRI combines hands-on experience, interactivity, and instructional support to create an effective learning environment. For more information, visit

ESRI Press books and workbooks on geographic information science, GIS technology, and GIS applications are used in formal university and corporate training programs everywhere. ESRI Press titles help the first-time learner, as well as the professional user, and are available through major booksellers and from ESRI at

Professional Services
ESRI GIS professionals offer consulting, design, programming, and implementation services as well as database design and assistance in data publishing. For more information, visit

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For more than 35 years, ESRI has been helping people make better decisions through management and analysis of geographic information. A full-service GIS company, ESRI offers a framework for implementing GIS technology and business logic in any organization from personal GIS on the desktop to enterprise-wide GIS servers (including the Web) and mobile devices. ESRI GIS solutions are flexible and can be customized to meet the needs of our users.
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