Introduction to GIS Using ArcGIS Online

Strictly by pre-registration only

What is this course about?

A fundamental use of geography to help you interpret your world. Geography determines where you shop, where children attend school, what sports are popular, and what clothes you wear.

In this course, you will learn how geography is combined with data to create a GIS. A GIS can help you make predictions and informed decisions. You will learn about different GIS data types, how geographic data is collected and managed, how to create maps and share them, and how to use analysis to answer geographic questions.

This course is for: Anyone who needs to publish GIS resources and share content via ArcGIS Online / Portal for ArcGIS. GIS analysts, specialists, data managers and other knowledge workers will benefit.

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Course details






2 days




Foundational Desktop Skills

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Experience with Windows-based software for basic file management and browsing.

What skills will I learn?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate data to support a mapping project.
  • Create a map, add data to it, and symbolise map features to support the map's purpose.
  • Share data, maps, and other content to an organisational portal.
  • Perform spatial analysis to obtain information about map features within an area of interest.

What can I expect?

  • Course topics

    Welcome to GIS

    • Geographic data types
    • Vector vs raster data models
    • Points, lines, and polygons
    • Represent real-world objects
    • GIS data on ArcGIS Online / Portal 

    3D, imagery, and real-time data

    • Benefits of 3D data visualisation
    • Use 3D data
    • Use imagery data
    • Use real-time data
    • Explore real-time stream-gauge data

    Managing GIS data

    • Choose a data collection method
    • Geodatabases and web services
    • Investigate the metadata
    • Search for data
    • Mark data as a favorite

    Mapping in a GIS

    • Create a new map
    • Change the basemap
    • Add layers and data to the map
    • Investigate the map legend and attribute table
    • Investigate transparency and the visible range
    • Change the layer symbology
    • Change the symbol color

    Sharing and collaborating in a GIS

    • Web layer types and benefits
    • Search for web layers
    • Add web layers to your map
    • Collaborate in Groups
    • Item ownership and sharing
    • Accessing items in ArcGIS Desktop

    Answering questions using data

    • Ask Spatial analysis questions
    • Perform proximity analysis
    • Perform overlay analysis

    Putting GIS to use

    • Compare ArcGIS apps
    • Use Map Viewer
    • Create and configure a web app
    • Web app purpose and intended audience

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