Academic Licensing for Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator

Academic Licensing FAQ

Who is eligible to participate in the free academic licensing program?

All accredited secondary universities and colleges in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply for free academic licensing.

What criteria does an academic institution need to meet to be eligible?

The academic institution must be an accredited university or college that provides classroom or lab-based instruction to students. Blue Marble reserves the right to refuse any institution eligibility for any reason.

Are there limitations on how the software can be used at a university or college?

The software provided under the free academic license program can only be used for instruction or hands-on lab educational use. This includes installation on a student's personal computer, when authorized by a faculty member. The use of the software for grant or commercially funded research purposes is strictly prohibited under the academic license. Any violation of this policy will result in the immediate revocation of the institution's academic license and may result in commercial license fees.

Which software titles are available under the program?

The free academic license is available for the current release versions of Global Mapper, the Global Mapper LiDAR Module, and Geographic Calculator.

Are there any technical differences between the academic and commercial versions of the software?

No. Both academic and commercial versions of the software offer the same functionality.

How do I request a license for my college or university?

You can apply for free academic licensing by filling out the request form. Upon review, a representative from Blue Marble will contact you to finalize the details.

How do I activate the software in my classroom or lab?

The academic license is either activated using a network license server or through a distribution order for single user licenses for remote students. For more information contact

How do I activate the software on a student's computer?

A student can either "borrow" a license from the network server for independent study or install their own local copy based on the terms of the academic license. Note that after activating the software, the student's computer does not need to be perpetually connected to the network.

Can an individual student request a license?

No. Only a member of the staff or faculty at the academic institution can apply for free academic licensing. Subsequently the activation of the software on the student's computer must be authorized and overseen by a faculty member. The overseeing academic institution is responsible for any violation of the academic license agreement by a student.

How many concurrent users does the program support?

During the application process, the academic institution can request licenses for the required number of concurrent users. Blue Marble representatives will evaluate and make a final decision on this request.

Is free academic licensing available for high school students?

No. Currently the free academic license program is only available for institutions of higher education.

What licensing options are available for colleges and universities outside of the U.S. and Canada?

For non-U.S. and Canadian universities, Blue Mable offers a highly discounted lab licensing program. Contact the Blue Marble Sales Team at for more information.

Is the program available to an overseas campus of a U.S. or Canadian-based university?

Blue Marble will review these requests on a case by case basis.

Does the license expire and what is the process for renewal?

The academic license will expire at the end of the designated course and a request for renewal must be submitted prior to the expiration date to ensure the software's uninterrupted operation.

Does Blue Marble offer technical support as part of the program?

Blue Marble offers technical support for the duration of the license period. The primary function of this support service is to ensure the smooth operation of the software. For assistance with workflow or procedural questions, refer to the included help documentation or online resources.

Are there instructional resources available to facilitate the use of the software in an academic lab?

Blue Marble provides a series of free curriculum materials, which include step-by-step instructions along with the required data files. These are made available exclusively to participating academic institutions. Fee-based, in-classroom instruction can also be arranged if needed. Email for more information.

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