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ArcGIS: An Introduction

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Quantum GIS (QGIS)


This workshop is a basic level introduction to GIS using ArcMap of ArcGIS Desktop 10.4. Some
fundamental operations that are commonly used in GIS analysis are covered to get you to appreciate
the capabilities and be interested to learn more.

Intro to ArcGIS - Part I
January 24 | 3pm - 4:30pm
February 14 | 3:30pm - 5pm
Goldstein Electronic Classroom (Rm 114), Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center
You will learn: GIS data models and formats, explore the various components of ArcGIS
interface and tools, creating a new map, adding data layers, changing layer symbol and display
properties, setting layer symbol and scale properties, creating map layouts with legends, titles,
North arrows, and other map elements.
Register for Intro to ArcGIS-I

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Intro to ArcGIS - Part II
January 31 | 3pm - 4:30pm
February 20 | 2pm - 3:30pm
Goldstein Electronic Classroom (Rm 114), Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center
You will learn: Creating features from coordinate tables, adding and joining tables, calculating
distance between features, selecting features by attribute and within certain distance, learn
about intersection and buffering tools, viewing and editing metadata.
Register for Intro to ArcGIS-II

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ArcGIS 10.4 and QGIS 2.14 are available on all Penn Libraries public computers.
Additionally, there is a wide range of web-based mapping platforms, such as: 



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