ArcGIS is a GIS software for the creation and use of spatial maps.

Product description Brand name and product description

ArcGIS is a set of products offered by Esri and designed for spatial analysis.

Inside ArcGIS the following products are at service:

  • ArcReader – an application to open and query ArcGIS created maps;
  • ArcGIS Desktop (also named “ArcMap” to distinguish it from ArcGIS Pro), which is, by itself, a compilation of four fundamental applications:
    • ArcMap – designed to scan and edit 2D spatial data and creating 2D maps;
    • ArcScene – designed to scan and edit 3D spatial data in a specific local projected view;
    • ArcGlobe – intended for large 3D datasets;
    • ArcCatalog – used to manage and articulate with GIS databases;
    • ArcGIS Pro – the most recent product that integrates GIS applications, and that were designed to substitute ArcMap. Functional in 2D and 3D environments and prepared to use Artificial Intelligence

Esri offers several training options and resources, some of them free.

Another resource offered is ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, a compilation of ready-to-use spatial data resources that can be combined with the users’ datasets. Some examples of available data types are imagery, base maps, demographic and transportation datasets.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)


Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

The distributor of ArcGIS is Esri. ArcGIS is used by individuals, institutions, and NGOs, some examples are BEGE-RDC, Blue Raster, Direct Relief, Aid Data, and Development Gateway.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

For commercial purposes, the license price starts at 125 USD/month and includes 50 credits and 1 thousand transactions. Esri allows for pay-as-you-go options for more credits and transactions. More information on this can be found here.

If the purpose of the application is non-profit Esri allows for a given number of operations to be performed on a free version of the software. There is an NGO program available from Esri covering a 1-year term license, and featuring ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Enterprise. The license allows takes into account the workforce size of the nonprofit applying to these licenses. Some discounts for NGOs based in the USA are also offered. Details on how to apply and different conditions for NGOs can be found here.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

The open-source project QGIS is the main competitor.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Individuals and the general public, student community, institutions, governments, multilateral organizations, and NGOs.

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