Laboratory Exercise 9

Presenting Information



This laboratory consists of exercises from Chapter 21&22, and background reading from Chapter 4 of the lab text, Getting to Know ArcView GIS, with the data obtained from the accompanying CD-ROM (exercises 21a,b,c, & 22a,b,c).

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, in chapter 21, you will learn how to create charts, Charts are brightly colored graphic representations of attribute data associated with map features, that can clarify complex relationships. Creating charts in ArcView is similar to creating charts in a spread sheet.

The problem posed in chapter 21 involves presenting data that will market recreational wilderness trips (in the from of a river trip) to Siberia. The presentation will include a map of Siberia as well as a chart comparing the lengths of the selected rivers.

In chapter 22, you will learn to create a presentation quality map with the usual features: scale bar, north arrow, border, and title. The problem you will create a map for presenting a population density map of Canada, population density by province, a table of statistics, and a chart comparing the population of major Canadian cities.


With the supervision of your instructor, or lab coordinator, use the Getting to Know ArcView GIS CD-ROM to carry out the directions of exercises 21a,b,c,&22a,b,c. The path to the exercises may vary from PC to PC, so check with the lab instructor or lab coordinate.

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Q1. The determines how big or small features appear.

Q2. One way to control the amount of detail is ...

Q3. If you want to reduce, temporarily, the amount of features shown, use the process known as .

Q4. Name the six types of charts available in ArcView .

Q5. A layout is defined as ...

Q6. Each document you add to a layout has its own .

Q7. List the different types of frames .

Q8. Submit a printed copy of your final presentation map to the instructor (Color preferred, but black and white is acceptable).


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