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About the Center

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ArcGIS is the world's leading software in geographic information systems, developed by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). ESRI has created the ESRI-GIS Development Center program to foster ArcGIS application development at college-level teaching institutions.

The ESRI-GIS Development Center (EDC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, hosted by the Prairie Research Institute, (originally the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability), is designed to advance the use of ArcGIS technology across campus. Placement of the EDC within the Institute allows the entire campus community to more readily take advantage of 25 years of experience with ArcGIS, the terabytes of ArcGIS data collections, and custom ArcGIS application expertise that Institute staff and computer systems have to offer.

Specifically, the EDC is designed to:

Students, scientists, and faculty affiliated with the EDC have the capabilities to further apply their area of expertise in customizing GIS for core GIS software adaption, system integration, computer science, information technology related to GIS, and application development for a particular domain.



The EDC is hosted by the Prairie Research Institute (originally the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability) and administrated by the operation team based on advice from the EDC Advisory Board.


Under the EDC program, students will receive special access to ESRI software and other benefits. More information about the EDC can be found at http://www.esri.com/industries/university/edc/index.html

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Faculty and Staff: Please contact your departmental representative from the list of Advisory Board members. For new departmental applications, please contact the operation team.

Students: Please contact your departmental EDC advisor from the list of Advisory Board members for application.

Contact Us

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William W. Shilts, Executive Director
615 E. Peabody Drive, MC-650
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-333-5111
Fax: 217-265-4678

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