Laboratory Exercise 2

Displaying Data


Getting Information About Features


This laboratory consists of exercises from Chapters 6, 7 and 8 of the lab text, Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, with the exercise data obtained from the accompanying CD-ROM.

ArcView is a powerful desktop geographic information system (GIS) developed 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 2 continues to explore the many ways data can be displayed, and introduces the techniques of getting information about features.

In Chapter 6 (Exercises 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d), you will learn how to classify features and rasters.

In Chapter 7 (Exercises 7a, 7b, 7c), you will learn how to apply labels to maps.

Chapter 8 (Exercises 8a, 8b,8c),  introduces you to the ways of selecting features, and creating reports

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 Do not e-mail your answers to the instructor's e-mail!

Questions for Lab 2

Chapter 6

Q1. Classifying data is defined as                                     .

Q2. Define the six classification methods used by ArcGIS.

Q3. When you apply Sort Ascending to the Countries Attribute Table, what is the country with the smallest population for 2000?

Q4. What information does a histogram portray?

Q5. Under what conditions would you use the manual classification system?

Q6. Normalization is defined as                                                     .

Q7.What lessons did you learn after completing the different methods of classification.?

Chapter 7

Q1. What is the difference between dynamic labels and annotation?

Q2. By default, dynamic labels do not overlap. How can you allow labels to overlap?

Q3. How do you make labels scale dependent? What is the propose for this?

Chapter 8

Q1. List the ways to retrieve unseen data about features.

Q2. What is the purpose of a hyperlink?

Q3. Define "query". Queries are written in SQL. What is SQL?

Q4. Why is the query process so powerful?

Q5. What is the purpose of a report?

Q6. How do you add a report to a map document?