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CGA Website Migration

This website is no longer updated since July 1st, 2018.

Please visit the current CGA website at

Power Restored in CGIS North Building

The maintenance is complete in CGIS North, and all of HMDC and CGA supported services should be back online. Let us know if you are experiencing any unexpected problems. We apologize for any inconvenience.

WorldMap Availaibility

There will be a service interruption for WorldMap from Monday May 21st to Wed May 23rd, due to the annual maintenance shutdown time for Mass Open Cloud (the host of WorldMap).   More Info

Follow-up on the CGA Annual Conference 2018

Read about the CGA annual conference, Illuminating Space and Time in Data Science on our technical blog here.   Audio files will be posted soon.


ArcGIS Desktop ArcMap 10.6 and ArcGIS Pro 2.1 Available

ArcGIS Desktop ArcMap 10.6 and ArcGIS Pro 2.1 are now available for any Harvard affiliates. Read more about what's new in ArcMap 10.6 and ArcGIS Pro 2.1. To download the software, please click here.

CGA Conference in April 2018: Illuminating Space and Time in Data Science

Join us for the Annual CGA Conference, now scheduled for April 26th - April 27th, 2018, which will bring together mainstream data scientists and geographic information scientists to review the status of both fields, examine commonalities between the two, and explore new trends in the analysis of space and time in Data Science.    The upcoming conference is being sponsored by ESRI and the Harvard Data Science Initiative.   READ MORE and REGISTER TO ATTEND

2018 Fisher Prize and EDC Student of the Year Awards Open for Submission

The annual GIS awards for Harvard Students are now open for submissions!   More information on the Howard T. Fisher Prize for excellence in GIS is available here.   More information on the ESRI EDC Student of the Year Award is available here.

Zhejiang University Launches Collaboration with Harvard to Develop Academic Mapping Platform

A signing ceremony for a new collaboration between Zhejiang University and Harvard was held on October 13th, 2017.   The joint effort will build upon Harvard CGA's WorldMap to develop a Chinese Academic Mapping Platform for research, teaching, and data sharing.  Please see the Zhejiang University Announcement for more details.

ESRI GeoInquiries for Teaching Map-based Content

Esri GeoInquiries for schools are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based concepts found in commonly used textbooks, mainly for K-12 classroom use. The CGA has added all available GeoInquiries modules to the Harvard ArcGIS Online Organizational account. They are available from the Content tab for all members in the organization, and updates by Esri will be reflected as they become available.  DETAILS HERE

Renewed Collaboration between CGA and MapD to Accelerate Research with GPUs

At the 2017 FOSS4G conference, MapD Technologies and the CGA announced a research collaboration through the NSF I/UCRC Spatiotemporal Innovation Center. The goal is to explore the power of GPUs in spatiotemporal analytics.

The Drone Revolution in Spatial Analysis -- CGA Annual Conference, April 27th-28th

Videos of the CGA Annual Conference on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) -- commonly known as Drones -- are now posted online for viewing here!   The conference brought together experts from academia, government, industry, and humanitarian NGOs, to discuss the emerging technology of UAVs and their impact on research.   Many applications in the field of Archaeology were featured, including the work of CGA Director, Jason Ur, whose investigations were recently w

ArcGIS for Desktop Concurrent Use License Server Maintenance Completed

CGA staff completed upgrading the primary license server for ArcGIS Desktop Concurrent Use  from version 10.4.1 to version 10.5. The server "" has resumed license service for ArcGIS clients.

Please open ArcGIS Administrator and change Licence Manager to the primary server "", which supports versions 10.1-10.5.  This is the last update on the matter.

Please note that this does not affect other licenses served out from the primary server (ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, IDL, FME, TerrSet).

2017 Fisher Prizes Awarded

The 2017 Howard T Fisher Prizes for excellence in GIS have been awarded to Harvard students Melissa Balding (undergraduate category) for "Vision Zero Boston: Using Crowd Sourced Safety Concerns to Identify Local Street Projects" and Oliver Curtis and Brian Ho (graduate category) for "Building a Complex Surface to Simulate America’s 

CGA Speakers and Panelists at AAG Boston, April 6th - 9th

This year's American Association of Geographers will feature CGA Staff in the following panels:

Peter Bol 

Jeff Blossom

ESRI Developement Center Harvard Student of the Year Award 2017

The 2017 ESRI EDC Student of the Year Award for Harvard University has been awarded to Longfeng Wu, Yonghui Chen, Jung Hyun Woo, Seung Kyum Kim for their paper:  “How do pedestrians choose their routes?”   Details here, and Congratulations to the winners!

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 Available (Harvard Affiliates Only)

The ArcGIS Enterprise (formerly known as ArcGIS for Server) 10.5 is now accessible for Harvard affiliates. The ArcGIS Enterprise including ArcGIS Server (downloadable from here), Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store, and ArcGIS Web Adaptor software components. Please contact us if you need any specific component listed below other than ArcGIS Server 10.5.

2017 International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing at Harvard

The 2nd International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing will be held August 7-9, 2017 at Harvard University. The deadline to submit an abstract is extended to March 20th.

Esri Demographic Data for Education 2016 Now Available

New releases of Demographics, Tapestry, Consumer Spending, Census (Updated), American Community Survey are available in HMDC computer lab , CGIS Knafel K026  (more info).

Boundless Adopts Harvard Hypermap

The GIS company Boundless has integrated Harvard Hypermap (HHypermap) into their core mapping platform.

Hurricane Matthew Geographic Resources

In response to Hurricane Matthew, please consult these emergency response resources:
US NGA  Live tracking map, damage assessments, data downloads, links
HotOSM  Open Street Map emergency mapping for volunteer mappers
Google Crisis Map  providing shelter information

2016 CGA Conference Videos Available

The 2016 CGA Conference: Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities videos are available here.

ArcGIS Pro 1.3

The ArcGIS Pro 1.3 is available for any Harvard affiliate to download. Learn about what's new and improved at 1.3. Existing ArcGIS Pro users can update to the latest version now without uninstall the older versions.

FME 2016 Now Available

FME 2016 is now available for Harvard affiliates with over 1,000 new features, and more possibilities for data integration. More information can be found here:

Esri Data 2015 Available

The Esri demographic and lifestyle data 2015 is available for any Harvard affiliates to access. It contains Esri 2015-2020 updated demographic data, Esri 2015 consumer spending, Esri 2015 Tapestry data, 2009-2013 american community survey data, and 2010 census data. Read more.

ENVI 5.3 and IDL 8.5 Now Available

ENVI 5.3 and IDL 8.5 are available for download at Users running previous versions of ENVI and IDL from CGA license servers also need to upgrade their license files from the above page in order to continue using their current versions.

Harvard Receives Airbus Imagery Grant

Airbus Defence and Space, a satellite imagery company that controls the Pleiades, SPOT, and other satellites, has granted Harvard University $30,000 to use toward imagery purchases. For more information and to request Airbus imagery.

Esri CityEngine 2015.0 / 2015.1 Available

Esri CityEngine 2015.0 and 2015.1 are now available to download for Harvard affiliates. More details can be found here.

Nepal Earthquake Response

See our summary of Geospatial community resources for Nepal.
map of Google searches for Nepal Quake below...

Peter Bol to Receive AAG Honorary Geographer Award

The Association of American Geographers has named Peter Bol as its 2015 Honorary Geographer. Bol is the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

TerrSet Available

TerrSet is an integrated geospatial software system for monitoring and modeling the earth system for sustainable development. The TerrSet System incorporates the IDRISI GIS Analysis and IDRISI Image Processing tools along with a constellation of vertical applications. readmore

ArcGIS Pro 1.0 Available

ArcGIS Pro is available for any Harvard affiliates to download. It provides tools to visualize, analyze, compile, and share your data, in both 2D and 3D environments. More details can be found here.

ERDAS Imagine 2015 Now Available

The 2015 release of ERDAS Imagine and its associated software products from Intergraph (a part of Hexagon) is now available for any Harvard affiliates. More details at: