Getting to Know ArcGIS for Desktop / Edition 3

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Getting to Know ArcGIS® 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 analyze the data. The third edition has been reorganized 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589483088
  • Publisher: ESRI Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2013
  • Series: Getting to Know Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 80,426
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Part 1  Getting to know GIS
Chapter 1   Introducing GIS
Chapter 2   Introducing ArcGIS
Part 2  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 3  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 4  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 5  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 6  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

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