GSG Centre: Software and equipment

Three workstations are available in the GSG Centre and 21 workstations are available in room 308, adjacent to the GSG Centre. Geographical and statistical software is available, in addition to the standard software. We provide support for geographical and statistical software available as well as for special equipment for use with cartographic resources.


  • ArcGIS v10.5.x
    Desktop GIS software to perform spatial analysis and create high-quality maps.
    Request a copy
  • SPSS v24
    Statistical analysis software with choice of a graphical user interface or syntax mode.
    Other SPSS labs on campus:
    • Desmarais Hall (rooms 2130, 2140 and 2150 for the School of Management students ; room 2175 for Arts students)
    • Montpetit Hall (room 140 : open 24/7 for Science students)
    • Vanier Hall (rooms 2008, 2015 and 2025 for Social Sciences students)
    • Faculty of Social Sciences Hall (rooms 2010 for all students)
  • GeoSuite 2001, 2006 and 2011
    Explore the links between all standard levels of geography and determine geographic codes, names, etc.
    Download: Geosuite 2001 | Geosuite 2006 | Geosuite 2011
  • Beyond 20/20 v7.0.5092
    Web data viewer provides flexible data display and visualization, and options to download in various formats.
    Download: Beyond 20/20
  • Geomatica 2015 SP1 2015-06-30 (Not available in room 308)
    Software for remote sensing and image processing.
  • NVivo v11.3.0.773
    Software supporting qualitative and mixed methods research that enables the collection, organization and analysis of qualitative data.
  • QDA Miner v5.0.4 (Not available in room 308)
    Qualitative research analysis software for coding, annotating, retrieving and analyzing small and large collections of documents and images.
  • R v3.3.1
    R is a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
  • Adobe acrobat pro v11.0.07 (Not available in room 308)
    Adobe Acrobat Pro is a fully featured PDF editor.
  • SAS v9.4 (Not available in room 308)
    SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics.
  • QGIS v2.16.0
    Create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information with this free and open source geographic information system.
  • Zotero v4.0.29.10
    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.
  • DLXVG3 v4.2.4.2
    DLXVG3 is a powerful yet simple-to-use application designed for analytical use of Haver’s time-series data. DLXVG3 can be used to view data, create charts and easily create Excel spreadsheets as well as many other features. See the user manual here for details on the topic of your choice.
  • Artstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV) v4.0
    Artstor OIV is a tool for giving offline classroom presentations, downloading images from Artstor and creating digital slide show presentations that feature side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides.
  • SimStat v2.6.2 (Not available in room 308)
    Simstat is a statistical analysis program. It offers output management features, its own scripting language to automate statistical analysis and to write small applications, interactive tutorials with multimedia capabilities, as well as computer assisted interviewing systems.
  • Python v2.7.5
    Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language.
  • SAGA GIS v2.1.2
    SAGA (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses), is a free and open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software that has been designed for an easy and effective implementation of spatial algorithms. It offers a comprehensive, growing set of geoscientific methods and provides an easily approachable user interface with many visualisation options.
  • Antidote 8 v5.1
    Antidote is a French and English grammar correction and writing assistance program.
  • Colectica for Excel v5.2
    Colectica for Microsoft Excel Standard Edition is a free tool to document your spreadsheet data using the open standard for data documentation.
  • Colectica Reader v5.2
    Colectica Reader is a free tool to view DDI 3 metadata. DDI 3 is the 3rd version of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI). The DDI is an XML specification for social science metadata that is being developed by an international group called the DDI Alliance.
    Click here for more information  

Special equipment

  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
    Positioning device able to determine a geographic position by receiving signals from satellites orbiting the Earth.
  • Light table
    Translucent working surface (table-top) illuminated from below and used typically for making tracings or examining colour transparencies.
  • Stereoscope
    A device for viewing an overlapping pair of photographs in order to see a three-dimensional image.
  • Parallax bar
    A bar-shaped micrometer used with a stereoscope to measure parallax (an apparent change in the position of an object related to an actual change in the observation point of view and expressed as an angular value).


The GSG Centre has 2 scanners:

  • Self-serve photocopier
    Scanning to e-mail is fully self-serve and free for University of Ottawa clients.
  • Map-sized drum scanner (KIP 3100)
    Convenient for scanning maps and larger sized documents. All scanning is done by GSG staff and is free for members of the University of Ottawa community. Scanning for external clients is done by GSG staff for $33 per hour with a minimum charge of $33.

Note that Canadian geology and topographic maps are already available online.

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