This new edition includes over 250 new examples, all new Learn ArcGIS lessons, and an exclusive membership in the Learn Organization in ArcGIS Online.
This book and website have been designed with several audiences in mind. The first is the professional mapping community—the people who create or work with geospatial data as a dedicated activity— in particular, those GIS (geographic information systems) professionals who are just beginning to leverage mapping online. The second is the broader world of web technologists, information workers, web designers, and Internet-savvy professionals in many other fields. The technology has become so ubiquitous and easy to use that a third audience is any individual with an interest in maps and ideas for how to apply them. The only prerequisites are a desire to better understand web GIS and a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude.
This is a book that you do as well as read, and all you really need is a personal computer with web access. The adventure starts when you engage yourself in the process by completing the lessons in this book. Each step of the way, you will gain new skills that take you further. Mapping professionals are in high demand for a reason. Businesses, governments, and organizations of all stripes can see the value. This book is a call to action and a blueprint for how to get there. It’s about applying geography to your specific situation, problem, or challenge, and finding a solution with GIS.
While reading this book on one of several available platforms, including print, you can practice making maps on the web with your computer. With this web version, you will experience and use many of the example maps and apps as they come to life on the screen.
In each chapter, the QuickStarts tell you what you need to know about the software, data, and web resources that pertain to that aspect of the ArcGIS system. The Learn ArcGIS lesson pages are your gateways to online instructional content.
Although structured with one big idea per chapter, each chapter provides many more granular ideas. Open the book and read any page, or read it front-to-back and be part of the adventure every step of the way. Experience web GIS at your own pace according to your own interests.
Most importantly, we want you to feel empowered to dive right into ArcGIS technology and expand your horizons by doing real mapping and analysis using web GIS. What problem in your life or within your purview would you like to investigate? If it has a geographic element (and most do), then it’s something you can tackle with GIS.
Designed for self-study with lessons covering many GIS applications, Learn ArcGIS presents a new way for you to understand GIS concepts and technology: putting the story and problem first. With these lessons covering the entire breadth of the ArcGIS platform, you’ll learn how to use a variety of different applications and techniques to help solve real-world geographic problems.
Most lessons require membership in an ArcGIS Online organization. If you are already a named user with publisher privileges in an ArcGIS organization, you can complete all the ArcGIS Online lessons. Data links are provided in each lesson. If you’re not yet a member of any ArcGIS organization, you can join one called Learn ArcGIS, which is designed for students and self-study learners. Once you’re signed into this special learning organization, you can download and install ArcGIS Pro on your local computer. With this limited-time membership, you get an ArcGIS Online account and an ArcGIS Pro license. Your account and content will be deleted after 60 days.
Written by GIS instructors Kathryn Keranen and Lyn Malone, the Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book, second edition, serves as a companion to The ArcGIS Book, second edition, and includes relatable activities and lessons that correspond to each chapter of The ArcGIS Book.
GIS students and seasoned pros will hone their GIS skills while they build and publish web map apps; use live data feeds in apps; communicate information using maps; create and share Esri Story Maps, answer complex questions using web maps and analysis tools; and make 3D map presentations. Some lessons require no software at all, while others call for using ArcGIS Online or Esri’s cloud-based GIS apps.
Whether you are a self-learner, currently teaching, or are planning to teach GIS, the Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book provides the materials to explore and apply GIS concepts and ArcGIS tools.
The Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book, Second edition will be available in Q4 2017 at no cost in PDF format at TheArcGISBook.com.