May 24, 2023

The Global Mapper Academic Program

Written by: Mackenzie Mills


Mapmaking and GIS analysis have spread into many industries and fields of academic research. Gone are the days when GIS programs were utilized only by those studied in the discipline. Blue Marble Geographics is embracing and encouraging this change and, through the provision of GIS training and academic programs, is working to support the expansion and use of GIS across all fields of research.

With ongoing development goals that strive to make Global Mapper Pro as user-friendly and intuitive as possible, this all-in-one GIS application is ideal for teaching and learning the fundamentals of GIS. Beyond just creating the software, Blue Marble supports learning through a series of academic programs that include free or discounted licensing, along with a curriculum of lab exercises designed to streamline the teaching of the fundamental principles of GIS.

To facilitate the teaching of GIS using Global Mapper Pro or other Blue Marble applications, the Academic Licensing Program provides free access to institutes of higher education in the United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy. In addition, discounted licensing is available for accredited institutions in other parts of the world.

Recently updated to include all the latest tools in Global Mapper Pro, the Global Mapper Academic Curriculum exercises range from data importing and rectification to multi-step lidar data processing and terrain analysis workflows. Packaged with the required data, each lesson includes step-by-step instructions that help students learn and understand a wide variety of geospatial tools and concepts, followed by a self-driven exercise prompting students to apply their new knowledge to solve a problem or produce a map. With twelve labs making up the curriculum, instructors are encouraged to utilize any or all of these resources to help teach the principles of GIS.

To learn more about the Blue Marble Academic Programs and to submit an application, please visit the links below.

Blue Marble Geographics Academic Programs

Global Mapper Academic Curriculum

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