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.
The ArcGIS Desktop Suite
GIS Data Types
ESRI Data formats
Navigating in ArcGIS
Setting up Folder Connections
Manipulating ArcGIS Menus and Toolbars
ArcCatalog in ArcMap
Setting up Geoprocessing history.
Backing up your Data
Defining a goal
Setting a next action
Listing action steps
Identify assistance needed
Map Scale and Zoom Tips
Turning Data Layers On and Off
Ordering Data Layers in the TOC
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
Labels and Annotation
Save a Map Document
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.
Display a Layer Based on Categorical Attribute Data
Display Layers based on Data Ranges
Use and create a Layer File
The basics of map design
Symbolizing features and Layers
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
Putting lessons into practice
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
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
How to align layers in ArcMap
Identify a dataset’s coordinate system
Project layers on-the-fly
Save a layer to a different projection
How to select data based on proximity
Updating Attributes such as length, area, and x/y
Create a Centroid Layer
Create a Summary Table
Performing a merge, intersect, and dissolve
An Intro to Model Builder