ArcGIS is used for: creating and using maps compiling geographic data analyzing mapped information sharing and discovering geographic information using maps and geographic information in a range of applications and managing geographic information in a database. Site licence renewed annually for office or home use, staff or student. Licence is for UK use only - individuals who want to use it overseas have to obtain written permission from ESRI. Paid for Research ProhibitedSites are not allowed to use the software for paid for research. For example, paid for research includes when a student/researcher is sponsored by a company to complete research and the company then owns the research for use in their commercial business. This is not allowed. If, however, a student/researcher is sponsored by a company to complete their PhD/project but the student owns the outcome then this is allowed. Source.