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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS at its simplest is computer-aided "mapping," displaying demographic, topographic, or other data so that it can be visually interpreted and analyzed.

These presentations are semi-independent. Each covers a different topic within GIS. They do, however, tend to build on each other. All use the ArcGIS software.




Introduction to GIS

Constructing and Sharing Maps

Mapping Geographically Named Data

Mapping Geographic Coordinate Data

Mapping Image Data

Editing Map Data

Hover over a chapter title to see its contents.

  1. A Brief Overview of GIS

  2. Course Overview

  3. Academic Uses of GIS

  4. The ArcGIS Software

  5. Additional GIS Training and Resources

  1. Getting the Tutorial Data

  2. Beginning with ArcMap

  3. Map Layer Attribute Tables

  4. Exploring Map Features

  5. Labeling Map Layers

  6. Coloring Map Layers

  7. Using Multiple Layers

  8. Finding Prepared Data on the Internet

  9. Sharing Maps

  1. Getting Started

  2. Joining Named Tabular Data

  3. Mapping Census Data

  4. Formatting Tables for Joins

  5. Geocoding Street Addresses

  1. Getting Started

  2. Geographic Coordinate Systems

  3. Projections

  4. Projected Coordinate Systems

  5. Working With Spatial References

  6. Displaying Coordinate Information

  7. Working with Coordinate Data

  1. Getting Started

  2. The Structure of Raster Data

  3. Georeferencing Scanned Maps

  1. Getting Started

  2. Selecting Map Features

  3. Duplicating and Reprojecting a Feature Set

  4. Creating and Editing Features

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