Esri ArcGIS - The leading commercial software for desktop GIS mapping and analysis. One-year licenses are available to all UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. The GIF (Geospatial Innovation Facility) provides information and a form for requesting a license. Note: ArcGIS only runs natively on Windows machines.
QGIS - A leading free, open source desktop GIS program. Create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information. Runs natively on many operating systems, including Windows and Mac.
UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff have access to ArcGIS Online (AGOL) through our institutional account. To login into UC Berkeley's AGOL account, go to http://cal.maps.arcgis.com. Click on the link to login using your UC Berkeley Calnet account.
If you find that you need to login to other applications that use ArcGIS Online, look for a link that says, "Sign in with enterprise account."
Patty Frontiera from the D-Lab wrote an excellent overview of current address geocoding options. See her blog post for a full discussion. Below is an overview table from her write-up.
|Google Geocoding service||Esri ArcGIS Online||
Esri ArcGIS Desktop
|Data Science Toolkit (DSTK)||Census Geocoder||OpenStreetMap via Mapquest Open, Photon, or OpenCage|
|Requires Programming||Not if used via Google Earth Pro or QGIS mmqgis plugin||Not if used via ArcGIS Destop||No||Yes||No||YES|
|Limits on free geocoding||2,500 addresses per day||1,250 addresses with new account||None if using local reference database||No||No, but only 1,000 addresses at a time||No|
|Relative quality output||High||High||High||Medium||Medium||Medium|
|Geographic coverage||global||global||depends on reference database||USA, UK||USA||Global, with inconsistent coverage outside USA|
|Online or local service||online||online||either||either||online||online|
|Estimated currency||relatively current||relatively current||depends on reference database||varies, ~2010 or later for US locations||varies, ~2010 or later for US locations||varies, ~2010 or later for US locations