Creating Thematic Maps & Introducing ArcCatalog. Introduction to Mapping & GIS. Types of Maps. General purpose maps can be used for many different applications. Topo maps can be used for general orienteering, hiking, wayfinding, etc
Introduction to Mapping & GIS
Canvas or Map Frame
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Right clicking an object brings up context menu that displays various optionsHolding your mouse over a tool will bring up a tool tip.
Catalog View/Preview Frame/
You will use ArcMap to create .mxd and .lyr files.
You will use ArcCatalog to manage your GIS data and workspaces.
ArcCatalog is used to copy, delete, rename and modify spatial data sets.
Using Windows Explorer can ruin data sets if these same tasks are done using it.
ArcCatalog includes tools for viewing and editing Metadata. It even has an option to automatically update some items in the metadata whenever a dataset is edited.