GIS4043 Introduction to GIS, Instructor, Mrs. Amber Bloechle
GIS & Cartography
This week we explored metadata in a bit more detail and also become better acquainted with data attributes and search queries. In addition to submitting the process summary the deliverables for this lab included 3 different maps focusing on areas, features, and the topography of Mexico.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Explore data files and data management tools in ArcCatalog
- Work with and explore a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) raster file
- Compare and contrast raster and vector data files
- Edit an attribute table
- Use Select by Attributes tools to select specific data
- Create a new data layer from selection
- Work with symbology tools to display data
- Label specific data fields in a layer from the Label Properties dialog
- Use the legend wizard to create a meaningful map legend
- Further explore data layout options
- Create a report that explains data being utilized in the GIS proejct (metadata), answers important questions and summarizes the process of creating exercises deliverables from beginning to end.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT AWARDS
The following student was chosen for his exceptional work on the GIS & Cartography assignment:
"The first map created for our week three lab is a map of Mexican states by population. The map uses a graduated color ramp of yellows, oranges, and browns to show the populations of each state. I used a light gray for the other countries visible on the map as not to visually detract from Mexico."
"The third map shows elevation in Mexico using a raster digital elevation model (DEM). I used a color ramp composed of tans and browns to give the map an earthy appearance. As with the first map, I used a light gray for the background color of other countries so they did not detract from the focus on Mexico. Again, an inset map shows the area depicted in the main map."