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Introduction to GIS. Lecture 4: An Introduction to the Vector Data Model and Map Layout Techniques. By Brian Voigt University of Vermont Thanks are due to Dr Troy and Dr Zhou, upon whose lecture much of this material is based. Introduction to GIS. 1. Vector Data Model. Introduction to GIS.

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Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Lecture 4: An Introduction to the Vector Data Model and Map Layout Techniques

By Brian Voigt

University of Vermont

Thanks are due to Dr Troy and Dr Zhou, upon whose lecture much of this material is based.


1 vector data model

Introduction to GIS

1. Vector Data Model


Reviewing vector data types

Introduction to GIS

Reviewing Vector Data Types

  • Three basic “feature” or “object” types

    • Point

    • Arc

    • Polygon

  • A layer holds a single feature type


Reviewing vector data types1

Introduction to GIS

Reviewing Vector Data Types

  • Attribute table

  • Attribute types

    • Nominal attributes: descriptive information

    • Ordinal attributes: rank order or scale

    • Interval/ratio attributes: numeric items, order, magnitude of difference


Point feature

Introduction to GIS

Point Feature

  • A point layer: a collection of records with (x,y) coordinates

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Image modified from ESRI Arc Info electronic help


Line arc feature

Introduction to GIS

Line (Arc) Feature

  • One or several line segments define an arc (straight or curved)

  • 2 points define a line segment

  • Line endpoints are nodes; angle points are vertices (sing. vertex)

  • Arcs meet at nodes

  • Feature is the ARC, not the line segments

  • Feature has length but not area

Vertices

Line segment

Node

Node

Image modified from ESRI Arc Info electronic help


Line arc feature1

Introduction to GIS

Line (Arc) Feature

  • Each point has a unique location


Polygon feature

Introduction to GIS

Polygon Feature

  • Area of homogenous phenomena

  • In a polygon layer, lines (arcs) define areas

  • Closed region – first and last coordinate pairs are in the same location

  • Line segments bound the polygon

Lines (Arcs)

Points


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Topology

  • Definition1:Explicit encoding of spatial relationships between objects: the spatial location of each point, line and polygon is defined in relation to each other

  • Definition2:Topology is a collection of rules and relationships that enables the geodatabase to more accurately model geometric relationships found in the world.


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Why Topology

  • Two major purposes

  • Allows for powerful analysis tools

  • Quality control mechanism


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Types of Vector Topology

  • Arc-node topology

  • Polygon topology

  • Route topology

  • Region topology


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Arc-node List

Direction

Introduction to GIS

Arc-node & Node Topology

  • Connectivity analysis

Arc-node Topology

Image source: ESRI Arc Info electronic help


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Polygon-arc List

The order does matter!

Introduction to GIS

Polygon-arcTopology

Polygon-arc Topology

Image source: ESRI Arc Info electronic help


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

External polygon

Introduction to GIS

Polygon-arcTopology

  • Adjacency

Image source: ESRI Arc Info electronic help


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Route Topology

  • Define paths based on series of arcs

Image source: ESRI Arc Info electronic help


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Quality control and topology

  • Ensuring “logical consistency”

    • Define complex and nuanced rules governing spatial relationships of features

  • Data quality

    • Single layer quality control

    • Mutli-Layer quality control


Quality control and topology

overshoot

undershoot

Introduction to GIS

Quality control and topology

  • Single layer quality control

Dangles

sliver polygon

does not share a border


Quality control and topology1

Introduction to GIS

Quality control and topology

  • Multi-Layer quality control: Defining spatial rules between layers

  • Polygon rules: e.g. Must Be Covered by Feature Class of

  • Line rules: e.g. Must not Self Intersect

  • Point rules: e.g. Must be Properly Inside Polygons

  • ArcCatalog includes new tools for defining and validating topology rules (Book:Building a geodatabase)


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Topology rules: Example

  • Say we have the following layers: parcels, sidewalks, right of way boundaries, building footprints, zoning

  • Rules for spatial relationships

    • Lots must be enclosed polygons

    • Buildings must be entirely within a lot

    • Sidewalks must be outside a parcel polygon and entirely within the public right of way

    • Lots must fall entirely within a single zoning class

    • All lots must have access to a right of way


Spaghetti data model

Introduction to GIS

Spaghetti Data Model

  • Collections of line segments and points

    • Only stores features’ coordinates

    • No real connection, topology or relationships

Non-topological data model

  • Not for spatial analysis

  • Generally come from CAD files or digitizing

  • Can “clean” these data, using user-defined tolerances


2 map layouts and cartographic representation

Introduction to GIS

2. Map Layouts and Cartographic Representation


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Map Composition

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Map Elements?


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Title

Legend

Neatline

Data frame

North arrow

Scale bar

Notes

Introduction to GIS

Map Composition


Layouts

Introduction to GIS

Layouts

Create a map for layout in ArcMap Layout view View>>Layout view.


Lecture 4 an introduction to the vector data model and map layout techniques

Introduction to GIS

Map Compilation

  • Geographic features

  • Other map elements

    • Legend

    • Title

    • North arrow

    • Scale bar

    • Author

    • Neatline

    • Source of data

    • Other objects…


Map layout map legend

Map Layout: Map Legend


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Map Layout: Map Legend

Insert Legend Title


Layouts1

Give a title, e.g. land use … but not “legend”!

Symbol editing

Introduction to GIS

Legends are edited in the Legends property window: Accessed by double clicking a legend.

Layouts


Layouts2

Style

Symbol

Introduction to GIS

Legend editing: Items

Layouts

Items


Layouts3

Layouts

Editing legend item style


Layouts4

Introduction to GIS

Editing legend frame

Layouts

Frame


Layouts5

Introduction to GIS

Editing legend size and position

Layouts

Size & Position


Map layout north arrows

Map Layout: North Arrows


Map layout scale bar

Map Layout: Scale Bar


Layouts data frame

Introduction to GIS

Layouts: data frame

  • Create a new view or “data frame” in ArcMap


Arcmap data frame

Introduction to GIS

ArcMap: data frame

  • More than one frame can be shown in layout view

Frame 1

Frame 2


Data frames context

Data Frames: Context


Data frames inset maps

Data Frames: Inset maps


Layouts data frame1

Introduction to GIS

Layouts: data frame

Access and edit data frame properties


Mxd files

Introduction to GIS

  • Mxd files are project files

    • Save your layout

    • All other preferences

    • Data is not included

    • With an extension .mxd

MXD Files

  • File >> Save (As)


Layer files

Introduction to GIS

  • Save symbology and settings

  • Primarily for saving legend settings

  • Opening a layer file will open the data layer with all the preferences saved

  • With an extension .lyr

Layer Files


Layer files1

Introduction to GIS

  • Use layer files when you have lots of non-numeric categories

Layer Files


Layer files2

Introduction to GIS

Create a layer file in ArcMap (also in ArcCatalog)

Layer Files


Layer files3

Introduction to GIS

Import a layer file’s symbology in properties

Layer Files


Layer package files

Introduction to GIS

  • Save symbology and settings AND the data!

  • With file extension .lpk

Layer Package Files


Layer package files1

Introduction to GIS

Double-click the file to open in ArcMap or ArcCatalog

Layer Package Files


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