September 27, 2004

Issue No. 66

Table of Contents

Highlights and Features

Grokker at Stanford
CourseWork-Fall 2004
File-Sharing Myths
File-Sharing Resources
IT Open House October 28
Tech Help for Faculty
Essential SU Software
Desktop Computer Security
Security Self-Help Tool
Wireless Access-SU Visitors
SULAIR Home Page Update
SU Course Support Web Site copy

Library Resources

SULAIR Image Collections
SKIL Tutorial Enhanced
Scholars Workshops for Fall
Social Science Data
Literary Studies Database
New Lane Library Web Site
Firing Line TV Program
ArcGIS 9 Available
SSRC Past Events Online
BIOSIS Changes
HighWire Press-New Journals
EuroNews Web Site

Computing News

Accessible Web Pages
AFS Disk Quota Increased
Online Lecture Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Resources for SU Webmasters
ATS Program-New Projects
ATL Project Showcase
Spam Deletion Tool
ITSS Training Services
Training Registration
HelpSU Streamlined
New Webmail Is Here
Printing in Sweet Hall
Sweet Hall Consulting
Mac OS X Migration
PeopleSoft System Upgraded
Bookstore Computer Store
Courselets for SU Community
Sundial Calendar Changes
TeamSpace in Meyer Library
Meyer Classrooms
Meyer Tech Desk Update
Technology Help on Web

ArcGIS 9 Now Available at Branner Library

ESRI has released its most complete GIS software suite to date with ArcGIS 9. This integrated collection of GIS software products allows you to build a complete GIS. (GIS is a tool that facilitates mapping and spatial analysis of the Earth's features and events.) The software is available to check out at Branner Library and much of it can be downloaded from Branner's GIS Web site:

Note: Due to licensing restrictions, ESRI software can only be loaded onto a Stanford-owned machine.

ArcGIS 9 incorporates a new geoprocessing framework. According to ESRI, "Geoprocessing tools range from common GIS operations, such as overlay, buffer, and data management, to more advanced operations for raster processing, topology, and schema definitions." This set of tools is common for ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo, but the number of available tools varies by product.

Annotation and labeling has been significantly improved. One new tool allows the user to centrally manage all of their labels. There is now an intuitive graphical user interface that includes the ability to create placement priorities, standardize text formatting, and manage conflict resolutions.

ArcGlobe, a whole-earth 3D visualization application, has been incorporated into the ArcGIS 3D Spatial Analyst extension. Gigabytes of data are easily managed and visualized at a local or a global scale.

For more information about ArcGIS 9 or Branner's GIS program, go to the GIS web site: