ArcGIS Basics 10.2

/ArcGIS Basics 10.2
ArcGIS Basics 10.2 2018-01-06T19:44:41+00:00


The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 or 10.2 by ESRI.

Over the years, I have worked with various GIS lessons, tutorials and how-to books, websites, and other resources. This book is a compilation of all the various “best practices” that I have learned. My goal is to help those new to GIS and ArcGIS to develop a solid foundation upon which to build.

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Chapter 1

  • The ArcGIS Desktop Suite

  • GIS Data Types

  • ESRI Data formats

  • Navigating in ArcGIS

  • Getting Help

Chapter 2

  • Setting up Folder Connections

  • Manipulating ArcGIS Menus and Toolbars

  • ArcCatalog in ArcMap

  • Search Functions

  • Setting up Geoprocessing history.

  • Backing up your Data

Chapter 3

  • Defining a goal

  • Setting a next action

  • Listing action steps

  • Identify assistance needed

  • Plan review

Chapter 4

  • Map Scale and Zoom Tips

  • Turning Data Layers On and Off

  • Ordering Data Layers in the TOC

  • Layer Properties

  • Set Display Units and Measure Distance on the Map Display

  • Display an Attribute Table

  • Select Features Interactively

  • Use the Identify Tool to See the Attributes of a Feature

  • Map Tips

  • Labels and Annotation

  • Save a Map Document

Chapter 5

  • Using the find tool to find features that match user-defined criteria.

  • Selecting features based on attribute values.

  • Selecting features based on location.

  • Exporting selected features, to create new feature data sets.

  • Using definition queries to display a subset of features.

Chapter 6

  • Symbolize Layers

    • Points
    • Lines
    • Polygons
  • Display a Layer Based on Categorical Attribute Data

  • Display Layers based on Data Ranges

  • Use and create a Layer File

Chapter 7

  • The basics of map design

  • Symbolizing features and Layers

  • Creating layouts

  • Configuring the Page Setup

  • Adding data frames and graphics to a layout

  • Creating a map inset

  • Creating and Using Map Templates

  • Printing a layout

  • Exporting a layout

Chapter 8

  • Putting lessons into practice

Chapter 9

  • Display and manage attribute tables

  • View statistics for a field

  • Summarize a field

  • Delete an existing field

  • Add a new field

  • Calculate values for a field

  • Join and relate tables

  • Establish hyperlinks

Chapter 10

  • Create a new Layer.

    • Via ArcCatalog
    • Via ArcCatalog in ArcMap
  • Digitize (heads-up) and edit features

  • Digitize Polygon Features

  • Edit Vertices and change the shape of a feature

  • Add tabular x/y coordinate data to a map document

  • Edit data in an attribute table

Chapter 11

  • How to align layers in ArcMap

  • Identify a dataset’s coordinate system

  • Project layers on-the-fly

  • Save a layer to a different projection

Chapter 12/13

  • How to select data based on proximity

  • Merging datasets

  • Clipping layers

  • Updating Attributes such as length, area, and x/y

  • Create a Centroid Layer

  • Spatial Join

  • Create a Summary Table

  • Performing a merge, intersect, and dissolve

  • An Intro to Model Builder