Laboratory Exercise 1


Introducing ArcView GIS


This laboratory consists of exercises from Chapter 7, and background reading from Chapter 1, of the lab text, Getting to Know ArcView GIS, with the data obtained from the accompanying CD-ROM (exercise 7a).

ArcView is a powerful desktop geographic information system (GIS) made by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). With ArcView, you can load any data that's linked to geographic locations and display it graphically as maps, charts and tables. You can also edit the data , change the way it's displayed, append additional data, create some of your own, perform queries to answer specific questions, or meet certain criteria, and analyze information statistically as well as spatially. Results can be shown as quality graphic presentations to print out or display your screen.

In this exercise, you will see an ArcView Project and some of the documents it can contain, and see that each document has it's own interface including menus, buttons, and tools. You will learn how to open a project window, display different views and the themes within each view, look at data within the project's tables, view a bar chart made from an analysis of tabular data, and look at a layout constructed to display results in a certain visually pleasing way.

For more information on these concepts, refer to the ESRI website.



With the supervision of your instructor, or lab coordinator, use the Getting to Know ArcView GIS CD-ROM to carry out the directions of exercise 7a. The path to the exercises may vary from PC to PC, so check with the lab instructor or lab coordinate.

Report Format



Q1. What were the names of the African countries highlighted?

Q2. Define the following:

Q3. Which country has the highest male/female life expectancy?


Q4. What is the difference between an electronic atlas and a thematic mapping system?


Q5. List three different applications of Desktop GIS?

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