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GIS at UCD and on the Web: ArcGIS

UCD Library GIS Guide


An Introduction to ArcGIS Online

Tuesday 14th March 2023 at 10am

For UCD staff, students and researchers:

In this two hour hands-on workshop, step-by-step guidance will show you how to create maps in ArcGIS Online.  We will use data downloaded from various sources, spreadsheets and add our own data from scratch.

This is an introductory workshop which will be held in-person and is designed for those with little or no GIS experience.

Read more about this workshop and book your place here 

Accessing ArcGIS Online in UCD

ArcGIS Online is a web-based system for sharing, finding, and using maps, layers, and services. It includes a set of basemaps, map layers, and tools published by Esri for use inside ArcGIS products.



To sign into ArcGIS Online click on this link:

           Type in your Username and Password and click on Sign In

Your Username will need to be set up by IT Services in UCD

UCD staff and students can request a username for ArcGIS Online by submitting a request via the Get Help link on UCD's IT Support Hub page 


Details about MapGenie are in this section

Learning ArcGIS Online

For a demo and short overview of ArcGIS Online you can sign in and watch this Esri webinar 'Creating simple online mapping applications'

Another useful Esri resource is Try ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Online - Which Should I Use?

Install ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1

ArcGIS is GIS software produced by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) which allows you to collect, store, manage, visualise, export, analyse and map geographic data.

ArcGIS 10.8.1 is the desktop format of ArcGIS and is suitable for installation on PCs or laptops 

Can I use ArcGIS on a Mac? There is no Mac version of ArcGIS. A Windows emulator (virtual PC) could be installed on a Mac in order to run ArcGIS. To be legally compliant you would need to purchase a full Microsoft Windows licence. ArcGIS will work on a Windows emulator - and Esri have their own advice here: More information here:

Get Started with Learning ArcGIS Desktop 10.7

This set of instructions show you how to get started using ArcGIS once you have installed it on your PC or laptop. There are 13 Word documents in the folder named ArcGIS_10.7_UCD Library Tutorial and they cover topics such as importing spatial data, symbolising data, using MapGenie in ArcGIS, creating point data, printing / saving your map, joining sets of data, clipping, buffering, creating a spatial query and importing spreadsheets and then visualising the spreadsheet data on a map.

The instructions include links or details about how to access / download files which are used in these instructions - all of these files are included in the separate folder which is named Files for ArcGIS Exercises

Before getting started on these exercises it is suggested that you create an empty folder named ArcGIS Workshop on your PC or laptop Desktop. 

Secondly, create an empty folder called Turbines and save this into the ArcGIS Workshop folder.

Learning ArcGIS

For further guides, links to tutorials and information about ArcGIS courses go to this page:

Mapping and GIS tutorials & courses

For information about ArcGIS courses and modules in UCD go to this page:

Learn GIS at UCD

Each year, Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) runs free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for ArcGIS products, to find these, go to this page and type MOOC into the search box: