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Geographic Information Systems at Yale: Web-Mapping

Geographic Information Systems at Yale University encompasses a range of spatial applications and services. GIS is used by many disciplines at Yale University.

The Yale University ArcGIS Online

The Center for Science and Social Science Information maintains a campus-wide gallery of interactive maps. Visit the Yale University ArcGIS Online and explore the various thematic maps and dozens of geospatial data layers available.

Access Instructions: As August 18, 2016 Yale members can login with their NetID credentials. For the latest access instructions, please go to our Yale GIS FAQs.

Maps Editable by Group Members

ArcGIS Online (AGOL) allows to create maps authored by several members of a special Collaborative AGOL Group, which can only be created by our ArcGIS Online administrators. A collaborative group in ArcGIS Online allow its members to update all items in the group. 

If your research group would like to collaboratively create interactive maps, you need to request a collaborative group. Please send us an e-mail with the following information:

  1. E-mail Subject: Request Collaborative AGOL Group
  2. Name of the Group
  3. Yale Department or Unit
  4. Name and E-mail of the Owner(s) of the Group

Once the group is created, the owner will be able to invite other Yale University ArcGIS Online members to the group.

Non-Yale Collaborators?
The collaborative AGOL groups only allow collaborators who are members of the Yale University ArcGIS Online. If you have a project that requires non-Yale collaborators who actually need to edit the content of your maps, please send a note with the details to submit for approval and obtain guest accounts for them.

Esri Business Analyst (BA) Web Apps (Previously Business Analyst Online)

Esri Business Analyst Web Apps allows you to perform market analysis with over 8,000 variables concerning demographics, consumer behavior, employment and many others.

  • You may conduct market analysis based on geographies, rings, drive-time and walk-time
  • It allows you to compare different sites

To request an Esri BA Web Apps account, please e-mail (use your Yale e-mail) to

ArcGIS Online (

The Yale University ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping platform.

  • Mapping your data can help to identify spatial patterns that are not easy to spot with tabular data 
  • Allows you to map your data without the need to learn ArcGIS Desktop
  • It allows you to create web applications based on out-of-the-box templates. Explore dozens of Story Maps and find ways to showcase your own project

To access your Yale ArcGIS Online account, please follow the latest instructions provided in the Yale GIS FAQs.

Need Training? Esri offers virtual training to learn how to publish data and map layers. The 3-hr course "Creating and Sharing GIS Content Using ArcGIS Online" might help you to start with your web-mapping projects. To learn more about that and other Esri Virtual training courses, as well as how to enroll at no cost (Yale members only), please visit the Virtual GIS Training section.