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Maps, GIS, & Geospatial Data: ArcMap & ArcGIS Pro

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ArcGIS Pro Videos

Video Intro to ArcGIS Pro (~1hr)

ESRI Desktop Software

ArcMap vs. ArcGIS Pro

Both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro are desktop GIS applications designed for creating, editing, and analyzing geospatial data and maps. ArcGIS Pro is a newer, next gen application designed to replace ArcMap, which has been the industry standard for many years. ArcMap will eventually be discontinued, but for the time being both programs are available and supported by ESRI.


Click HERE to learn more about ArcGIS Pro


Availability and Installation

Installing ArcMap 10.8

Click here while on the Wellesley Secure wifi network, or using the Wellesley VPNWindows ONLY


Installing ArcGIS Pro

Available through ArcGIS Online  contact to request an ArcGIS Online account with ArcPro access. Windows ONLY

Once you have an ArcGIS Online account, follow these directions to download and install ArcGIS Pro from ArcGIS Online.


ArcGIS Pro/ArcMap + Google Drive

If you are using Google Drive (or any other cloud-based server) to store your data while using ArcGIS Pro/ArcMap, please see the documentation below for best practices to avoid data corruption.


→ ArcGIS Pro + Google Drive Documentation 

Learn How to Use ArcGIS Pro

Online Tutorials to Get Started and Learn New Skills

For Beginners:

Get Started With Pro (30min lesson with sample data to build a map)

Quick-Start Tutorials

ArcGIS Pro Basics Web Course (50min)


For Intermediate/Advanced Users:

Practice Lessons from ESRI (make sure that "ArcGIS Pro" is selected in the filter that says "All Products" on the left of the webpage)


For Transitioning from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro:

Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro Web Course (5hr 30min)