GIS software

The GIS Facility has a Chest Site license, which includes the use of ArcGIS and ERDAS IMAGINE software packages.


ArcGIS is a complete software system for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge. (ESRI 2011)

Partial plot of Natural History Museum botany collection sites.

Sites visited by Natural History Museum scientists collecting botanical specimens.

The software is split into three packages:

  • ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced (formerly ArcInfo) ¬†- the full GIS analysis suite for more expert users.
  • ArcGIS for Desktop Standard (formerly Arc Editor) - standard Museum use allowing spatial data analysis and visualisation.
  • ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (formerly ArcView) - entry level visualisation and analysis package.


A digital image analysis software, used to help analyse and interpret satellite imagery.


We support research projects within the Natural History Museum and with external collaborators, working on a priority system when dealing with requests.

For more information about the Facility contact Dr Malcolm Penn (GIS Manager) by email or on +44 (0)20 7942 5523.


Chest Site license 
A license for the ArcGIS software, allowing us to install multiple software installations.