Esri Science Organization Site License

The Science Organization Site License is designed to deliver easy access to the full suite of GIS technology to researchers.

As entities of universities or as standalone organizations, researchers at a small non-commercial, science organizations or research institutes are unique in that they not only conduct research, but may also coordinate diverse sectors (government agencies, NGOs, small businesses, etc.), build consensus among experts, and pay special attention to GIS project implementation, tool development, and technology transfer. These science organizations are typically much smaller than a university (e.g., 50 to 500 employees).

In terms of licensing of Esri technology, these science organizations may fall through the cracks (i.e., they may not be affiliated with a university, not truly a government agency, not truly a conservation or humanitarian non-profit, and if part of a university, may be located off-campus and thus have difficulties getting resources or recognition from the broader campus university site license). The science kit, a US domestic offering, designed to meet their unique needs.

Researchers at such organizations are typically equivalent to faculty members at a college or university, but not engaged in nearly as much teaching–or perhaps no teaching at all. Their focus is more along the lines of data collection, analysis, interpretation, and publishing of research results in the areas of geography, ocean science, hydrology, ecology, forestry, climate science, geology/geophysics, agricultural science, conservation biology, geographic information science, computer science, sustainability science and/or geodesign. These researchers may be skilled in GIS and computer programming, or rely on the support of GIS analysts or information systems managers at their organization.

A Foundation for Scientific Research

The Esri Science Organization Site License is designed to deliver easy access to the full suite of GIS technology to researchers.  ArcGIS Online is a key offering within the kit so that it may be used as an organizational platform for research, as the infrastructure to perform that research, and as a digital science information laboratory.


The Esri Science Kit is aimed at fostering science collaboration, visualization, analytics, modeling, communication, and in building a complete science data management system. Therefore, if a research grant is forthcoming to the organization, this is the magic ingredient to use.

Load your own data and go,” with Esri basemaps, story maps, ArcGIS Collector, sharing/collaboration space with an ArcGIS Online for Organizations account. The science kit includes the ArcGIS Open Data app as part of the organizational account as another option for easy and open sharing of data (e.g., drag and drop maps, tables, shapefiles into the app to share on the web, open for developers, open for science communicators).

ArcGIS is a comprehensive geospatial platform for science, supporting research, supporting collaboration, supporting spatial analysis, visualization, open data, and science communication at multiple SCALES:

  • At the scale of the individual researcher with basemaps, content management, apps (e.g., field collection, open data, viewing, cloud based spatial analysis, GeoEvent Processor for Server, raster processing in the cloud);
  • At the scale of workgroups in a lab, collaboration and data sharing with partners, plug ins;
  • At the scale of supporting inter-organization collaboration from research institute to research institute, research institute to federal agency (e.g., NOAA/NASA); research institute to national or global initiative such as NSF EarthCube or GEOSS.
  • At the scale of broader citizen engagement, in communicating its science to the general public (e.g., story maps and open web map publishing).

What’s Included

Licensee may copy and deploy the Programs listed below up to the total quantity of licenses indicated
The list above is subject to change should Esri commitments to third parties regarding licensed third-party technology included in Esri products prohibit or not provide redistribution rights in Site licenses to Esri licensees.


  • Uncapped use of products as defined in the Deliverables section – unless otherwise noted.
  • 2 User Conference Passes
  • 2 GIS Specialists appointed by Research Institute for Technical Support contacts
  • Uncapped access to Esri Self-Paced e-Learning
  • Esri Press has authorized the gift of two science related Esri Press Books to the Esri Science Organization Site License customers. The choice of the books will be up to Dawn Wright and the customer.

[Note: The Esri Science Organization Site License does not include installation or implementation services and is for US domestic organizations only. International research organizations already have an International Research Institute Program available through the Esri distributor for a particular country.]


Technical Support Services: Technical support services are included and will be provided in accordance with the then-current Esri technical support policy, provided Licensee remains current on its payment of the Annual Fee. Licensee’s GIS Specialist(s) will be the only individual(s) authorized to contact Esri for technical support.

Upgrades: During the general commercial release of the Products, Esri, at its sole discretion, will deliver to Licensee one (1) upgrade package for each of the Programs included in the Site License or make updates available for downloading from Esri’s website, provided the Annual Fee has been paid and the Agreement is current.

For a Quote, Please Contact:

Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist,

[Updated 08 February 2018]

Spatially Prioritizing Seafloor Mapping for Coastal and Marine Planning

Coastal ManagementCoastal Management, published online 13 February 2015

By Tim Battista and Kevin O’Brien

“Coastal and marine areas provide vital services to support the economic, cultural, recreational, and ecological needs of human communities, but sustaining these benefits necessitates a balance between growing and often competing uses and activities. Minimizing coastal zone conflict and reducing human-induced impacts to ecological resources requires access to consistent spatial information on the distribution and condition of marine resources. Seafloor mapping provides a detailed and reliable spatial template on the structure of the seafloor that has become a core data need for many resource management strategies. The absence of detailed maps of the seafloor hinders the effectiveness of priority setting in marine policy, regulatory processes, and marine stewardship.

Spatial prioritization results from Hot Spot Analysis.

Spatial prioritization results from Hot Spot Analysis.

“For large management areas, the relatively high cost of seafloor mapping and limited management budgets requires careful spatial prioritization. In order to address this problem, a consensus based approach, aided by decision-support tools, and participatory geographic information systems (GIS), was implemented in Long Island Sound to spatially prioritize locations, define additional data collection efforts needed, and identify products needed to inform decision-making. The methodology developed has utility for other states and regions in need of spatially prioritizing activities for coastal planning, and organizations charged with providing geospatial services to communities with broad informational needs.”