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Getting to Know Arcgis for Desktop
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Getting to Know ArcGIS (R) for Desktop is a workbook that introduces the principles of GIS via hands-on exercises. Readers are shown how to use ArcGIS for Desktop software tools to display and present maps and data, and then query and analyse the data. The third edition has been reorganised and includes new topics such as exploring online resources and raster data and contains new exercises, data, and learning tools. Known for its broad scope, clarity, and reliability, Getting to Know ArcGIS for Desktop is equally well-suited for classroom use, independent study, and as a reference. A data DVD for working through the exercises is included with the book, and access to a 180-day trial of ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop is provided.
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Part 1â â Getting to know GIS Chapter 1 Introducing GIS Chapter 2 Introducing ArcGIS Part 2â â Getting started with maps and data Chapter 3 Interacting with maps; Displaying map data; Navigating a map; Using basic tools; Looking at feature attributes Chapter 4 Interacting with data; Browsing through map data; Adding data to a map; Working with map layers Chapter 5 Exploring online resources; Creating a web map; Browsing through groups; Merging online and local layers Part 3â â Displaying and presenting data Chapter 6 Working with coordinate systems and projections; Examining coordinate systems; Projecting data; Defining a map projection Chapter 7 Symbolizing features; Creating custom symbology; Symbolizing features by categorical attributes; Using styles and creating layer files; Symbolizing rasters Chapter 8 Classifying features; Classifying features by standard methods; Mapping density; Using graduated and chart symbols Chapter 9 Labeling features; Using dynamic labels; Setting rules for label placement; Creating graphic labels; Converting dynamic labels to annotation Chapter 10 Making maps for presentation; Creating a layout; Adding titles and additional text; Adding standard map elements; Adding final touches and setting print options Part 4â â Creating and editing data Chapter 11 Building geodatabases; Creating a geodatabase; Creating feature classes; Adding fields and domains Chapter 12 Creating features; Drawing features; Using feature construction tools Chapter 13 Editing features and attributes ; Deleting and modifying features; Splitting and merging features; Editing feature attribute values Chapter 14 Geocoding addresses; Creating an address locator; Matching addresses; Rematching addresses Part 5â â Getting information about features Chapter 15 Querying data; Getting information about features; Selecting features by attribute; Creating reports Chapter 16 Joining and relating data; Joining data by attribute; Relating data; Joining data by location Part 6â â Analyzing feature relationships Chapter 17 Selecting features by location; Using location queries; Combining attribute and location queries Chapter 18 Preparing data for analysis; Dissolving features; Clipping layers; Exporting data; Running tools in a model Chapter 19 Analyzing spatial data; Buffering features; Overlaying data; Calculating attribute values; Creating graphs Chapter 20 Analyzing raster data; Creating raster surfaces; Combining raster surfaces Appendix A Data license agreement Appendix B Installing the software and data Glossary Index

About the Author

Michael Law has worked professionally with GIS since 2004 when he began at Rand McNally Canada and later worked as a cartographer for Esri Press, where he developed cartography for books, and edited and tested GIS workbooks. Now based in Toronto, Canada, Law continues to work with GIS software, writing technical documentation, teaching training courses, and designing and optimizing user interfaces. Amy Collins was first introduced to GIS in 2002 when she began working as a technical editor at Esri. There, she honed her GIS skills and cultivated an interest in designing effective instructional materials. Now a writer and editor based in Northern California, she continues to develop GIS materials, among other projects.

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