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Inside ArcView GIS 8.3 functions as a detailed description of the software's functionality and as a comprehensive, self-paced tutorial. An essential how-to manual for the novice and indispensable desk-side reference for the experienced user, this edition begins by establishing the conceptual foundation necessary to use all GIS applications efficiently and effectively. Initial chapters focus on mastering the basics of using ArcView GIS 8.3 out of the box" for querying, thematic classification, and map composition. With these skills, subsequent chapters lead readers to more advanced expertise, such as editing data, extending data using relational databases, performing spatial analysis (including buffering and overlays), and advanced map composition. Throughout the book, the author's unbiased perspective ensures that readers gain first-hand insights into the strengths and weaknesses of their ArcView GIS 8.3 software, as well as knowledge of workarounds and third-party solutions available to enhance their productivity.
GIS Basics.How it works.Spatial components of data / spatial relationships.Raster/vector. Whirlwind Tour.Solving a typical spatial problem, using your available tools.ArcView Basics - the ArcView Interface. Getting Data into ArcView.Available data - browsing and loading (ArcCatalog basics).Data sources. Map Basics - display and symbolization. Attribute Basics - querying data. Thematic Classification.Exploring your data.Working with Tables.Including editing / creating tables.Extending Tables. Joins, summary tables. Charts. Graphics and Map Symbolization.Map Layouts / Map Composition.Spatial Analysis.Establishing spatial relationships between features. Editing Spatial Data. Heads-up digitizing. GPS data.Metadata.Transforming / Projecting Data.Advanced Functionality. Analysis, classification, symbolization; DBMS connectivity.Working with the Geodatabase. Geocoding and Networks.Customizing ArcView with VBA.Extending ArcView.Incl. the ESRI Extensions. ArcPad. ArcView and ArcInfo Desktop - how it all fits.Optimizing Project Design.Looking Ahead.Putting it All Together - ArcView in the Real World