GIS and Maps

Information, materials, data and software for Johns Hopkins GIS and Map users.

Workshops and Individual Training

  1. Library staff can provide GIS workshops tailored to your Johns Hopkins class or group's interests.  We offer one-time introductory class or multiple-sessions offered over several days.  We'll work with your schedule. Contact our group e-mail at and we'll develop the training that's right for you. 
  2. GIS library staff schedule workshops, in the MSE Library, on many GIS topics throughout each semester.  These workshops are open to all JHU affilliates.  Find out what is being offered and register here.
  3. Several times per year GIS library staff in association with the Welch Medical Library offer ArcGIS training.  Class offerings and registration information can be found at the Welch Medical Library Classes page.
  4. GIS library staff are available for one-on-one training so please contact us at to set up an appointment.

WEB Based Training

Upon request, Johns Hopkins users can be authorized for free unlimited access to ESRI Web courses, Training Seminars, and SpatialLABS listed in the ESRI’s Training Catalog (

To place your request for access:  

  1. If you have not previously used ArcGIS Online for Johns Hopkins.  Make an initial sign in at this link
  2. After your initial sign in to ArcGIS Online for Johns Hopkins, Individual users should send an e-mail to the GIS library staff at  Include the Subject line: “ESRI E-Learning Request” and your JHED ID.

Faculty interested in providing access for all JH students in a specific class should contact GIS library staff and we'll arrange to enter all students in your class. 

  1. Wait. Within one business day library staff will authorize ESRI E-Learning resources.
  2. Navigate to the Esri Training page 
    -Once at the training page, click Sign In -- at the top right on the screen.  Then:
    -In the new pop-up window click "Sign in with ENTERPRISE ACCOUNT". At the next screen:
    -Type gisanddata in the "Enter your ArcGIS organization URL below" box.
    -When prompted enter your JHED ID and password.

NOTE:  ESRI’s “Instructor-Led”  courses and “Books” are not included in our library subscription.  



Choosing your ESRI E-Learning Courses
Those new to GIS may find the ESRI Training Catalog a bit overwhelming.  Click the down arrow next to the Catalog tab and select Find Training.  When looking for introductory classes type New User in the search box and select the filter “Web Course”.   Three of the most popular introductory course are:

  • Getting Stared with GIS
  • Learning ArcGIS Desktop
  • Solving Spatial Problems Using ArcGIS


If you prefer training via a MOOC environment (Massive Open Online Courses, take a look at ESRI’s ongoing GIS MOOCs at  Coming up:

  • Cartography: Become a Smarter Mapmaker (September 5 - October 17, 2018)
  • The Location Advantage (dates to be announced)
  • Do-It-Yourself Geo Apps ((September 5 - October 16, 2018)
  • Going Places with Spatial Analysis (Season 2) (October 31 - December 11, 2018)