Monthly Archives: August 2009

Need GIS Data? Learn How to Create Your Own

When people finish an Esri training course, often they tell us they learned a lot, loved the course, but how do they get their own data to work with ArcGIS? Where can they find the specific data they need? The training data used in course exercises is developed and manipulated (by us) to meet specific learning goals, and exercises are scripted to ensure consistent results. For those new to GIS in particular, there’s a need to fill the gap between using the software in a training class and doing GIS on their own back at the office.

In previous posts we covered working with Excel and Access data in ArcGIS. This post provides a tutorial to show how you can fairly easily create your own spatial data from scratch using ArcGIS Desktop and free resources from ArcGIS Online. The steps covered are: Continue reading

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