Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop from Esri Press is a fundamental geographic information system (GIS) workbook that introduces the underlying principles of GIS within the context of a structured ArcGIS lesson plan. Originally published in 2001, this best-selling workbook has now been updated to ensure ArcGIS 10 compatibility.

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Key concepts are combined with detailed illustrations and step-by-step exercises to acquaint readers with the building blocks of ArcGIS Desktop including ArcMap, for displaying and querying maps, ArcCatalog, for organizing geographic data, and ModelBuilder, for diagramming and processing solutions to complex spatial analysis problems. Its broad scope, simple style, and practical orientation make this book an ideal classroom text and an excellent resource for those learning GIS on their own. A data CD for working through the exercises and a fully functioning 180-day trial DVD ArcGIS Desktop 10 software is included.

Written by a team of technical and education specialists including Tim Ormsby, Eileen J. Napoleon, Robert Burke, Carolyn Groessl, and Laura Bowden, Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop is a hands-on guide for classroom lab work or on-the-job training.

Key GIS concepts are combined with detailed illustrations and step-by-step exercises to acquaint readers with the building blocks of ArcGIS Desktop, including

  • Creating effective maps
  • Understanding spatial analysis
  • Building and editing spatial databases

Lessons are presented within the context of real-world projects and teach symbolizing and labeling maps, classifying data, querying maps, analyzing spatial relationships, setting map projections, building spatial databases, editing data, geocoding addresses, and making map layouts.

Its broad scope, simple style, and practical orientation make Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop an ideal classroom text and an excellent resource for those learning GIS on their own. No prior knowledge of GIS is needed.

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