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GIS Software Solutions for Academia


In many college GIS courses, a disproportionately high percentage of valuable classroom or lab time is spent learning how to use the software, instead of applying the technology in a practical sense. Blue Marble's GIS product offerings provide a straightforward and easy-to-use alternative to ensure that the GIS curriculum emphasizes a hands-on, practical approach to teaching key GIS concepts.

Blue Marble is pleased to introduce the Global Mapper Academic Curriculum, a series of hands-on labs that provide step-by-step instructions on many of the key functions of the software. These labs have been developed by Blue Marble Application Specialists in conjunction with a team of University of Maine System faculty. The goal of this project is to facilitate the deployment of Global Mapper into the academic community while introducing some of the fundamental principles of GIS, in a concise and understandable way.

Blue Marble is now offering institutes of higher education in the U.S. and Canada free access to their renowned GIS and geodetic software, Global Mapper and the Geographic Calculator. Beginning on May 1, 2017, colleges and universities will have an opportunity to deploy both applications for classroom teaching, hands-on lab instruction, and personal student use, at no cost through the Academic Licensing Program.

Accessible GIS Technology

As well as providing advanced tools for use in applied GIS classes, Blue Marble software is also ideally suited for classes or courses in which GIS is simply a component of a broader curriculum. Because the software is easy-to-learn and intuitively designed, students will be able to independently use the required GIS tools with minimal formal instruction.

All-in-One GIS

Blue Marble software is designed to be fully functional out-of-the-box with no need for costly and confusing add-on components. Global Mapper includes a surprising variety of powerful analysis functions that allow it to the software of choice for many GIS applications. At a fraction of the cost of traditional GIS tools, Global Mapper is the perfect choice for faculty and students alike.


Geographic Calculator

More and more colleges and universities now offer degrees in GIS or Geographic Information Systems. As the study of GIS involves a full understanding of geomatics and cartography, the Blue Marble Desktop software has been adopted by many well-known institutions of higher learning as a way to teach proven solutions to common geodetic problems that occur when working with various forms of geospatial data types.

Geographic Calculator
Geographic Calculator

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Global Mapper

Global Mapper has developed a well-earned reputation for having the most bang-for-the-buck in the field of GIS software. With academic course budgets under continual pressure, this software offers a viable alternative for GIS instruction and educational applications. Global Mapper includes a perfect blend of spatial data processing and analysis functions in an uncomplicated setup to ensure that students are able to integrate GIS into their learning experiences.

Global Mapper - Image blending
Global Mapper - Image blending

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Global Mapper - Watershed visualization
Global Mapper - Watershed visualization

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