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IAS Course: Mapping the Sephardic World (for IAS/JNE 357)

This course guide is aimed at helping you map your projects in this class using GIS.

Session 1

Part 2. Buiild a Spreadsheet

  1. Open an empty spreadsheet
  2. Give it a name that
    • starts with a letter
    • has no spaces 
    • has no special characters
    • is short
    • is descriptive (first two letters of your name, class, project)
    • incudes date (YYYYMMDD)
      • example: mo_iasmsw_20140918
  3. Identify the features you want to map; they will make up column one
  4. Identify the attributes of those features you want to map, each attribute will be placed in a column
  5. Column headers should:
    • start with letters
    • have no spaces 
    • have no special characters
    • be short
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  6. Populate the spreadsheet
  7. Send your spreadsheet for review before next class

Part. 3. Basics of ArcGIS

  1. Open ArcMap
  2. Save map with a name that:
    • starts with letters, 
    • has no spaces 
    • has no special characters
    • is short
    • is descriptive ( first 2 letters of your name, class, project)
    • incudes date (YYYYMMDD)
      • example: mo_ias_msw_20140918

We create maps by adding data sets to our project.  

There at two kinds of gesospatial data: vector and raster. We will work with vecor.

  • Vector geospatial datasets appear as one layer in the table of contents; this is also called a feature class
  • A feature class, includes data represented by the same geometry type (such as point, line, or polygon),  with the same attributes, and the same spatial reference
  • We can layer multiple feature classes and look at relationships between them

Step 1: Add data

  • from file
  • base map
  • arcgis online
    • seach for world countries; select the one packaged by esri
    • add

Step 3:  Examine data

  • zoom into study area
  • use identify tool
  • open the attribute table
    • examine what kind of data is there
    • what corresponds with the data we created in our spreadsheet

Step 4: Basic Design and Layout

  • Change feature color
  • Add labels
  • Move to layout view
  • reorient and resize
  • insert legend, north arrow, title and attribution
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