GIS Faculty Resources

This guide is designed to serve as a resource for educators teaching GIS at Johns Hopkins University.

Important Policies and Guidelines

We encourage and support members of the JHU community using the geospatial licenses and systems we have to offer. For Esri-related software, we have intentionally set up our system so that users have default access to as many software, web applications, and extensions as possible.  

In return, we ask that you use these software, data and platforms responsibly, and convey the same message to your students. Please remember that commercial use or use of the Esri education site license for fee-based consulting is strictly prohibited.  

Additionally, on ArcGIS Online, please be mindful of what is shared publicly, and how. Items that are shared publicly can be found by anyone. We have recently had incidents where student assignments for a class were taken to be authoritative by external parties, including one where a state government agency logo was used. Given this, in your assignments, please include guidelines and requirements for students to identify a public web application, web map or dataset as an assignment. This can be accomplished through the following: 

  • Including the course name in the item title, for example: “Baltimore Over Time – Assignment 1 For Class XY” 

  • A statement in the item description, for example: “This StoryMap is part of a submission for Class XY, week 1, assignment 1.” 

  • Use of tags such as “student project”, “student assignment”, “academic coursework”, etc 

  • Use of watermarks in images and other digital media used in a web application (such as a StoryMap) 

  • Writing a disclaimer in the Terms of Use section of the item description page, for example: “This StoryMap was produced as part of a capstone project by [insert name] for the Johns Hopkins University Masters program in GIS.” 

In the past year, JHU Data Services has worked with several research groups on high-profile projects that use ArcGIS Online web applications. Due to the high demand and subsequent need for increased technical support and infrastructure, these projects have fallen outside of the scope of the existing Esri education site license agreement.  

As a result, if you are developing a research project that:

  • is public service-oriented in nature, as opposed to general education use and inquiry, 

  • and anticipates using JHU’s ArcGIS Online platform services, 

we now require additional consultation with JHU Data Services and other relevant JHU groups prior to the launch of the research project. Following these consultations, JHU Data Services will determine if the research project requires elevated technical support from Esri, including but not limited to: 

  • setting up a separate ArcGIS Online organization, separate from the main JHU ArcGIS Online organization;

  • upgrading to a premium feature Data Store subscription

  • contracting Esri professional support services.  

Consulting helps us make sure you have the support and infrastructure you need for a successful public project. If you are planning to use Esri software and applications for your research project, please email JHU Data Services to discuss your project.