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Introduction to ArcView 9.x Geographic

Information Systems


In response to comments and suggestions from students who have taken our Introduction to ArcView 3.x course, the Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) has developed a new version of the Introduction to ArcView class, using 9.x and focusing on cultural resource examples, applications and data. Staff members of CRGIS, have been authorized by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the authors of ArcView software, to teach their official Introduction to ArcView 3.x course since 1997 and based our cultural resource course on the same model. Between 1997 and 2006, CRGIS conducted approximately 30 classes, totaling over 400 students, for National Park units, State Historic Preservation Offices, local organizations and other cultural resource professionals.

This two-day course offers an overview of basic GIS concepts and the software, as well as providing hands-on experience using ArcGIS 9.x. Covering the basic functionality of the application, the class explores the display and analysis capabilities of GIS in a variety of situations using cultural resource examples. Following the class, students should be comfortable navigating in the ArcGIS 9.x interface, as well as displaying, creating, editing, querying and analyzing spatial or tabular data through the software, in addition to producing paper maps and charts for presentation. Designed for users new to GIS, and new to ArcGIS 9.x, no prior experience is necessary.

Topics covered include:

•  Overview of GIS concepts
•  Displaying and manipulating spatial data
•  Working with tabular data in relationship to spatial data
•  Creating and editing spatial data
•  Performing analysis and formulating queries with both spatial and tabular data
•  Creating presentation maps and documents

Course Notes:
CRGIS can arrange to hold an Introduction to ArcGIS 9.x class at your own facility, or in another location convenient to you. Classes usually consist of up to 16 students, with one or two people stationed per computer for hands-on exercises. Students will need to set aside two full days for the class.

Course Costs:
Costs for the course will vary depending on your location and other circumstances, and can be negotiated on an individual basis.. Additional costs, such as computer rental, or instructor travel and salary costs will depend on the choice of facility and other factors. In most cases, these will be negligible.

Detailed Course Outline

Day One

Introduction to GIS

•  What is GIS, and what comes with ArcView GIS?
•  What are spatial relationships?
•  Exploring the ArcView 9.x GIS interface
•  Examining ArcView 9.x components (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox)
•  Using the ArcView 9.x help system

Displaying Data

•  Exploring the ArcMap interface
•  Organizing the Data View
•  Map documents, data frames and data layers
•  Moving around the map display
•  Changing layer symbology
•  Changing Symbol properties
•  Labeling features
•  Controlling display
•  Creating layer files

Querying Data

•  Identify, Find, and Measure
•  Map tips and hyperlinks
•  Select by attributes
•  Select by location
•  Interactive selection

Working with Spatial Data

•  Linking features and attributes
•  Spatial data formats
•  Exploring the ArcCatalog interface

Working with Tables

•  Basic table properties
•  Basic table manipulation
•  Building relationships between tables
•  Creating graphs from tables
•  Creating reports from tables

Day Two

Editing Data

•  Managing edit sessions
•  Edit tasks
•  Sketching features
•  Creating new features
•  Editing attributes
•  Calculating attribute values

Understanding Geographic Data

•  Georeferencing
•  Coordinate system components
•  Viewing projection information
•  Working with projections
•  Changing projections

Creating Spatial Data

•  Creating new shapefiles
•  Creating data from X,Y coordinates
•  Geocoding addresses

Presenting Data

•  Basic cartographic concepts
•  Creating maps in ArcMap
•  Preparing the layout page
•  Adding map elements
•  Creating map templates

Creating a GIS Project

•  Steps in creating a GIS project
•  Identify project objectives
•  Create a project database
•  Perform analysis
•  Present results