Software and Tools

Several open source and licensed* GIS software and hardware tools are made available through the Map and Geospatial Hub. Many of these software applications are already available for use on most of the public-facing computers found throughout the ASU Library system.

Contact the Map and Geospatial Hub with questions on where and/or how to access these specialized analysis and visualization tools.

Desktop Software

Web Software

* Use of licensed software made available through ASU Library is limited strictly to non-commercial educational and research use.

Geographic Makerspace

mkrgeo is in Noble Library on the third floor

The Map and Geospatial Hub boasts a geographically-themed makerspace: mkrgeo.

As with ASU Library’s other mkrservices, mkrgeo provides an open, collaborative space equipped with specialized tools intended to ignite creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship across disciplines.

The tools available through mkrgeo are focused specifically on projects with applications for geographic representation (realistic or abstract). Check them out!

3D Geo-Printing

Compile, manipulate, and render GIS and CADD data to design your own models for printing in three dimensions. We have a MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer available to bring your models to life!

Here are some examples of the types of geographic models you might want to investigate for yourself.


Build dynamic landforms and water bodies in the sand. The Geo-Sandbox is an augmented reality mapping platform for simulating topography, hydrology, geomorphology, and natural hazards.

Cartographic Crafting

Let your cartographic imagination run wild. Work with thousands of paper maps to create whatever your mind can conceive.

Opportunities for learning how to use some of these tools can be found in the section on workshops and training.