Author: Stacey Maples

The ArcGIS Online mapping platform is now available to all Stanford affiliates

South Omo Editing Application on

February 9, 2018

by Mr. Stace D Maples

ArcGIS Online is an online, collaborative GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. You get access to Living Atlas of the World, Business and Community Analyst apps, and Esri’s secure cloud, where you can add items and publish web layers.

An excellent example of what can be done with ArcGIS Online is the Stanford Geospatial Center’s Gaihōzu: Japanese Imperial Maps portal, which provides access to the most popular objects in the Stanford Digital Repository.

Over the last few months, we’ve been testing Single Sign-On (SSO) for providing access to, which we have licensed for the use of all Stanford affiliates.  This means that you no longer need to go through the Stanford Geospatial Center to get an account!

To get started making your own maps, go to , click on “Sign In” and then click on the “ENTERPRISE LOGIN” button to begin the Stanford Single Sign-On…

Google makes 40 years of Earth observations available to researchers with Google Earth Engine!

A False Color 432 Landsat composite image, made in Google Earth Engine

June 21, 2017

by Mr. Stace D Maples

Last week I spent 3 days at Google for their annual Google Earth Engine Summit, learning about new features and applications of their Google Earth Engine technology. If you haven’t seen Google Earth Engine, I encourage you to go to and use the signup link to get an account. It’s absolutely free for non-commercial use and it’s capabilities are pretty mind-blowing.