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Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS: A Workbook Approach to Learning GIS, 3rd Edition by Michael D. Kennedy

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Chapter 6

Analysis of GIS Data by Simple Examination

STEP-BY-STEP

____ Open your Fast Facts File.
____ Open the Color Figures file.
Exercise 6-1 (Project)
Reviewing and Learning More of ArcMap
The goal of this exercise is to review ArcMap and to become familiar with more of its features and complexities. You may have the thought: “Hey, I’ve already learned this.” By going over things you already know and integrating them with new material, you will discover a way toward using GIS for analysis of spatial data. These steps involve basic statistics, thematic mapping, changing symbology for emphasis, and classification. You can probably breeze through the steps very quickly, but you shouldn’t. Each step is one that you will have to know how to do in the future, without much explanation. After doing each step, you should ask yourself: Will I know how to do this in a month, if I don’t use it until then and simply rely on my memory? If not, write it in your Fast Facts File. Later you can reorganize the information you record during these exercises.
To make sure that everyone is working from the same geodatabase, you will copy a pristine version from the folder IGIS-Arc_AUX. You will then load the personal geodatabase featureclass Landcover onto a new empty map:
____ 1. If they are running, close ArcCatalog and ArcMap. Use the operating system of the computer to delete the folder
___IGIS-Arc_YourInitials\Wildcat_Boat_Data.
Launch ArcCatalog. Find the folder
[___] IGIS-Arc_AUX\Wildcat_Boat_Data ...

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