Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication
See also MapBox.


  1. Maps, Cartography, Angles, GIS
  2. Playing around with maps
    1. Go to ESRI's Create a Map page.
    2. Instruct it to go to Oakland, CA. Make a map…
    3. Social Explorer Video Intro
  3. Computer basics
  4. Using map tools
  5. Google maps, Open Street Map,
  6. Open; zoom; pan; layers
  7. Basic thematic mapping
  8. Vector and raster data (crazy exercise: coloring vs. cutouts)
  9. Scale
  10. Symbology
  11. Points, (Poly)lines, and Polygons
  12. Attributes
  13. Choropleth
  14. Symbol mapping
  15. Digitizing
  16. Topology
  17. Coordinate reference systems
  18. Projections
  19. Buffers


Exercise Schedule

One learns computer applications not by reading or listening to lectures, but by doing. The "green book" is basically a 600 page walk-you-through-it-tutorial. The thing is, though, YOU have to do the walking through. And what I've found over the years is that the most effective walking through is done under a fairly rigid temporal discipline (under the guidance of the zen master or the drill sergeant, which ever works better for you).

Below is a suggested schedule for completing the exercises in this book. You will not turn in the results of these exercises, but you will be responsible for keeping a log of when you do them (and how many times you do them — repetition is strongly advised). The evidence that you have done them will lie entirely in the competence with which you fly the software. It will be deadly obvious.

As mentioned in the syllabus, the best way to approach this stuff is to realize (1) that sheer hours in front of the software is the biggest predictor of success, and (2) that repetitition (see below) and frequency (better many 1-2 hour sessions per week than a few longer ones) are the next best predictors. Thus, just dive in and power through these. Don't waste emotional energy memorizing steps or time writing down commands. This is about training mental muscle memory and mouse-clicking memory and getting a sense of how things fit together. You should expect to repeat some or all of these exercises (and at least parts of all of them) multiple times.

The learning goal is not just to get through the exercises and say you did. It is to learn how to do EVERYTHING contained in them.

You are free to devise your own schedule as long as you hit the milestones suggested by this schedule and listed in the course syllabus.

Exercise 3b Navigating a map
Tu 30 Aug Exercise 3c Looking at feature attributes

Chapter 4: Exploring ArcCatalog

Exercise 4a Browsing map data
Exercise 4b Searching for map data
Th 1 Sept Exercise 4c Adding data to ArcMap

Section 3: Displaying data

Chapter 5: Symbolizing features and rasters

Exercise 5a Changing symbology
Exercise 5b Symbolizing features by categorical attributes <br>
Exercise 5c Using styles and creating layer files
Tu 6 Sept Exercise 5d Symbolizing rasters

Chapter 6: Classifying features and rasters

Exercise 6a Classifying features by standard methods
Exercise 6b Classifying features manually
Exercise 6c Mapping density
Tu 13 Sept Exercise 6d Using graduated and chart symbols
Th 15 Sept


Chapter 7: Labeling features

Exercise 7a Using dynamic labels
Exercise 7b Setting rules for placing labels
Exercise 7c Using interactive labels and creating annotation

Section 4: Getting information about features

Chapter 8: Querying data

Exercise 8a Identifying, selecting, finding, and hyperlinking features
Exercise 8b Selecting features by attribute
Tu 20 Sept Exercise 8c Creating reports

Chapter 9: Joining and relating tables

Exercise 9a Joining tables
Th 22 Sept Exercise 9b Relating tables

Section 6: Creating and editing data

Chapter 14 Building geodatabases

Exercise 14a Creating a personal geodatabase
Exercise 14b Creating feature classes
Tu 27 Sept Exercise 14c Adding fields and domains

Chapter 15: Creating features

Exercise 15a Drawing features
Th 29 Sept Exercise 15b Using feature construction tools

Chapter 16: Editing features and attributes</td>

Exercise 16a Deleting and modifying features
Exercise 16b Splitting and merging features
Tu 4 Oct Exercise 16c Editing feature attribute values

Chapter 17: Geocoding addresses

Exercise 17a Creating an address locator
Exercise 17b Matching addresses
Th 6 Oct Exercise 17c Rematching addresses

Section 5: Analyzing feature relationships

Chapter 10: Selecting features by location

Exercise 10a Using location queries
Th 13 Oct Exercise 10b Combining attribute and location queries

Chapter 11: Preparing data for analysis

Exercise 11a Dissolving features
Exercise 11b Creating graphs
Exercise 11c Clipping layers
Th 20 Oct Exercise 11d Exporting data (<a

Chapter 12: Analyzing spatial data

Exercise 12a Buffering features
Exercise 12b Overlaying data
Th 27 Oct Exercise 12c Calculating attribute values

Chapter 13 Projecting Data in ArcMap

Exercise 13a Projecting data on the fly
Th 3 Nov Exercise 13b Defning a projection

Section 7: Presenting data

Chapter 18: Making maps from templates

Exercise 18a Opening a map template
Exercise 18b Adding x,y data to a map
Th 10 Nov Exercise 18c Drawing graphics on a map

Chapter 19: Making maps for presentation

Exercise 19a Laying out the page
Exercise 19b Adding a title
Exercise 19c Adding a north arrow, scale bar, and legend
Th 17 Nov Exercise 19d Adding final touches and setting print options

Section 8: Modeling

Chapter 20: Creating models

Exercise 20a Starting a model
Exercise 20b Building a model
Exercise 20c Enhancing a model