GSG Centre: Software and equipment

Three workstations are available in the GSG Centre, room MRT 309, and 21 workstations are available in room MRT 308. Geographical and statistical software is available, in addition to the standard software. We provide support for select geographical and statistical software, as well as for special equipment for use with cartographic resources.

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro v11 (MRT 309 only)
    Adobe Acrobat Pro is a fully featured PDF editor.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
    Free software for viewing, printing, and annotating PDFs.
    Help  ​​​​ 
  • Adobe Digital Editions
    Adobe Digital Editions is an ebook reader software program for acquiring, managing, and reading eBooks, digital newspapers, and other digital publications.
  • Antidote v8
    Antidote is a French and English grammar correction and writing assistance program.
  • ArcGIS v10.X
    ArcMap is a GIS software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Using ArcGIS, you can understand the geographic context of your data, allowing you to see relationships and identify patterns in new ways.
    To request a copy
  • ArcGIS Online
    ArcGIS Online is a collaborative web GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. Users can create a map that can be viewed in a browser, desktop or mobile device.
    To obtain an ArcGIS Online account
  • ArcGIS Pro
    ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s newest flagship software which combines the analytical potential of ArcMap with a newer, more intuitive interface similar to ArcGIS Online. This software is also much easier to work with ArcGIS Online.
    To obtain ArcGIS Pro
  • 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. 
  • Beyond 20/20
    Web data viewer provides flexible data display and visualization, and options to download in various formats.
    Download: Beyond 20/20 | Help
  • 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  
  • DLX View and Graph (Haver)
    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.
  • Geomatica 2017 (MRT 309 only)
    Software for remote sensing and image processing.
  • GeoSuite 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016
    Explore the links between all standard levels of geography and determine geographic codes, names, etc.
    Download: Geosuite
  • Global Mapper v18 (MRT 309 only)
    Global Mapper is a geographic information system (GIS) software package currently developed by Blue Marble Geographics that runs on Microsoft Windows. 
  • Google Earth Pro
    Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
    Download: Google Earth Pro | Help
  • NVivo v11
    Software supporting qualitative and mixed methods research that enables the collection, organization and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Python v2.7
    Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. 
  • QGIS v2.18
    Create, edit, visualise, analyse, and publish geospatial information with this free and open source geographic information system.
  • R v3.4.1
    R is a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
  • RStudio
    Integrated development environment (IDE) for R. Includes a console, syntax-highlighting editor that supports direct code execution as well as tools for plotting, history, debugging and workspace management.
  • SAGA GIS v2.3.2
    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.
  • SAS v9.4 
    SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. 
  • SPSS v24
    Statistical analysis software with choice of a graphical user interface or syntax mode.
  • Stata/IC v15 (MRT 309 only)
    Stata is a statistical package for managing, analyzing, and graphing data. 
  • Stat/Transfer v14 (MRT 309 only)
    Stat/Transfer provides fast, reliable, and convenient data transfer between popular software.
  • Zotero Standalone
    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.

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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