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
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
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.
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
Q5. List three different applications of Desktop GIS?
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