Laboratory Exercise 1
Getting Started with Maps and Data
consists of exercises from Chapters 3,4 and 5, and a
reading assignment of chapters 1 and 2of the lab text, Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, with the data obtained from the
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.
Lab 1 Introduces you to the main components
of ArcView, namely ArcMAP and ArcCatalog.
In Chapter 3 (Exercises 3a, 3b, and 3c), you will learn how to display data in ArcMAP, about layers and attribute tables.
In Chapter 4 (Exercises 4a, 4b, 4c), you will
learn to search for map data using ArcCatalog and add
it to ArcMAP.
In Chapter 5 (Exercises 5a, 5b, 5c, 5c, 5d) introduces you to to
applying the appropriate symbols to represent map features and attributes. Note: Section 5b is important for the
It is estimated that it will take from 3 to 6
hours to complete this lab. Please plan accordingly, so that all the answers to
this lab are submitted at
the same time.
For more information on these concepts,
please refer to the ESRI website.
Complete the answers to the questions posed
below. The questions are based on the work you did in completing the lab
exercises above, and the reading for the lab. Please form your answers using
MSWORD and attach them to an e-mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not e-mail your answers to the
Questions for Lab 1
Q1. Define "vector" and "raster".
Q2. A layer is defined as
Q3. Define "feature" and "surface".
Q4. Each column in a table of information about features in a layer is
Q5. A layer that is covered by another layer so it can not be seen can be
made visible by
Q6. When a layer is shown in the Table of Contents with a grayed out check
mark - what does it mean?
Q7. In an attribute table, a cell contains the value of an attribute. Define
Q8. What statistical functions are available for a column of data in an
Q9. Why is the Statistics option grayed out when applied to a column of
Q1. What is ArcCatalog?
Q2. What are the components of an ArcCatalog
Q3. What is a thumbnail graphic?
Q4. What is the difference between a data view and a layout view?
Q5. Define Metadata. Why is it important?
Q1. What are symbols?
Q2. What is a categorical attribute?
Q3. What is the difference in effect between selecting the "Add
Values" button, versus selecting the "Add All Values" button?
Q4. What are "pyramids"? What is their function?