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Presentation. Our final step is to get your work ready for presentation. Making a good map requires an artistic eye for details, and a little skill. The following slides will help you to create your final product. Making a Map from your Data.

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Our final step is to get your work ready for presentation. Making a good map requires an artistic eye for details, and a little skill. The following slides will help you to create your final product.


Making a Map from your Data

You are now ready to produce a map of your school. Open up your GeoWorkspace and make sure your Map Window is showing what you would like to have appear in your map. Zoom in if needed.


1. You may want to add some labels to your buildings or other features before composing your map. Choose Insert > Label

2. Select your buildings feature to label. Under Attributes, click once on bldg_name to add it to the Layout.


3. In order to be able to move the labels later on, well Output the labels as a Feature Class. Select the School Features connection, and then type in the name building_labels as the new Feature Class. Click on the Style button to edit the label style.

4. In the Style Definition window, check the box to Display frame around text. For the Fill Type, select Solid. Click the Fill Color button, and choose a light color, like pale yellow. Click OK on each of the three windows to create your labels.


5. To move a label, first select it with the cursor.

6. Click on the Move tool on the left side of GeoMedia (it looks like a yellow plus sign).

7. Left-click on the label, holding the mouse button down, and move the label to the desired location.


Designing Your Map

There are five essential elements which should accompany your map data in the layout. These elements have a visual hierarchy of importance. For example you dont want to use a large north arrow that keeps people from looking at your title or legend.

  • Title: Pick words that accurately describe what your map is about. If the data you are mapping could change then including the date might be a good idea.

  • Legend: A key that explains the symbols on your map.

  • Scale: An indication of distance measurements on the map.

  • North Arrow: Shows direction.

  • Source: Where did the data come from and the name of the person or people who created the map.


9. Display a North Arrow by selecting View, then North Arrow. Youll see a rather ugly arrow appear on your map.


10. Right-click on the arrow, and select Properties. To choose a different arrow, click on the Browse button.

11. In order to see what the different north arrows look like, click on the View Menu icon and choose Thumbnails. Now you can select your favorite arrow and Open it.


12. You may wish to change the background color to better match your map. For printing purpose, check the Print transparent box, then click on OK. Your north arrow should look much better now!

13. Youll go through a very similar routine to add a scale bar to your map. Select View, then Scale Bar. It should appear on the map. Right-click on the scale bar to select Properties.


14. Change the Units to feet (ft) in the pull-down menu. You can also change colors and fonts if you wish. Click on OK to apply the changes.

15. The next thing to do is to clean up the legend. You may want to hide some entries that wont mean much to a viewer, and you may want to change some of the names to be more clear. Right-click anywhere in the Legend window, and select Properties.


16. If you want to hide an entry in the Legend, remove the checkmark from the Entry column. To modify a title, simply click on the words in the Title column and edit them. Click the OK button to apply your changes.


17. Depending on what youre trying to achieve, either a paper map or a map in a document, there are two different approaches to making presentation maps in GeoMedia Pro. For this project, you will need to send a copy of your map via e-mail to us. The easiest way to do this is to take a snapshot of your Map Window, paste it into Microsoft PowerPoint, edit it, and send it to us.

18. Click on the Snapshot icon (it looks like a camera) to save your Map Window to the Clipboard.


  • 19. Open a new Power Point file and on the first slide, write the following information:

  • The name of your school

  • The date you completed this project

  • The names of the students who worked on the project.

  • For the next slide, insert your map .jpg to cover the entire slide.

  • For the final slide, cut and paste your pie chart.

  • Your Power Point project should resemble the following three slides.


University High School

School Mapping Project

August 27, 2003

By: Heinrich Albers and Geradus Mercator


Use the Text Box tool in PowerPoint to add the appropriate text to your map (Insert, then Text Box). You can also add other labels, pictures, etc. See a completed example on the next slide.


20. Now you need to add your Land Use report to the PowerPoint. Open up your Excel document land_use.xls. Select the pie graph, and click on Edit and then Copy to copy it. Go back to your PowerPoint, and add a new blank slide (hold down the Ctrl key and hit the M key). Now paste your pie graph in the new slide (Edit, then Paste).


  • 21. Save your PowerPoint, containing your map and your land use graph, with your school name as its title (example: center_high.ppt).

  • Send the PowerPoint as an e-mail attachment to Malcolm Williamson ( and Fiona Trewby ( ). They will notify you if anything additional is needed, or confirm that it has been accepted.

  • Congratulations! You have completed a real GIS/GPS mapping project that can be used as a starting point for many other projects around your school and community. We hope that youve had some fun as youve learned, and we hope to see you at the various training workshops and at the EAST Conference.

  • Best regards from your EAST Geospatial Support Team

    • Bonnie Brown Angie Smith

    • Jack Cothren Peter Smith

    • Fiona TrewbyMalcolm Williamson

    • Paxton Roberts

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