This document covers how to get around in ArcMap, along with some foundational geographic information systems (GIS) concepts. Work through step-by-step exercises in ArcMap, and look at how ArcCatalog can help you manage spatial data. Become familiar with navigational tools, and explore data from both the spatial and tabular side. Customize and save data settings and displays, and learn to prepare data for presentation, i.e., how to make a simple map.
Corresponding Workshop: GIS I: ArcMap Introduction
A fast-paced introduction to spatial data and software.
Corresponding Workshop: GIS I: Power Hour (ArcMap Introduction)
This document covers some good sites for freely available spatial data, tips on digging for data, and how to download and convert various file types. The Web is a treasure trove of freely available data. All you have to do is find it, download (or access) it, and get it into a usable format. This document will be helpful for anyone using GIS data or beginning a GIS project, and especially for those using data from different sources.
Corresponding Workshop: GIS I: Finding GIS Data on the Web
Work through exercises using ArcMap and ArcToolbox, and continue learning how to get around in ArcGIS. Use handy tools to explore projection of data, copy layers or features, and convert between various formats. Learn how to sort and calculate values in the table. Manipulate data within and between layers, through building queries and bringing in and displaying non-spatial data.
Corresponding Workshop: GIS II: ArcMap Intermediate
Covers tools and techniques for integrating your data into a geographic information system (GIS). Do you have GPS data or data in a tabular (spreadsheet) format, and want to visualize it? Data with a geographic component, i.e., organized by city, state, etc., or having latitude/longitude coordinates, can be mapped and used with other spatial data.
Corresponding Workshop: GIS II: Mapping Your Data
Work through exercises using ArcGIS modules Catalog, Map and Toolbox. Continue learning about data manipulation, selection and analysis tools. Create and edit your own data through digitizing features and adding tabular information. Covers linking external data and identifying and downloading data from the internet.
Corresponding Workshop: GIS III: ArcMap Advanced
Delve into the nitty gritty of ArcMap using tools available through the Spatial Analyst extension. This tool provides cell-based modeling and analysis functions for working with raster data in GIS. Create, examine and combine grid data, and learn about differences between vector and raster data. Calculate and examine distance, density, and cost relationships.
Corresponding Workshop: GIS Special Topics: Using the Spatial Analyst Extension