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                   Class
• Class meets here 7:00 Tuesdays for
  between 1 and 1.5 hours
• A Lab immediately follows the class in 143
  Baker
• A second lab is Friday 2-5 in 143 Baker
• The labs are essentially times when you
  know you can reach me or Mr. Halligan
• You are NOT required to attend any lab
  and are free to attend either of them.

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               BUT…
• What usually happens is that after 2-
  3 weeks (labs) people get comfortable
  enough with the software that they
  work on their own and lab space opens
  up.
• When that happens any one can go to
  any lab as long as there is machine
  available.
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       How the Class works

• There are NO exams – useless in a
  course like this
• There are quizzes and the focus of
  them is on terminology and where
  “stuff” is located in the ArcGIS
  interface
• There are weekly assignments …

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               Assignments
• Each week the following assignments are
  usually made
  – A module of the ESRI on-line course
  – The ESRI quiz results for each exercise in the
    module are turned in at class the following week
  – A no-hands-held assignment by me that
    reinforces the module material is also turned
    the following week
• ESRI on-line course 

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                     Texts
• The main text is ESRI’s on-line course
  “Learning ArcGIS 9”
• I is free!      (but you need a password)

• The other text is “Practical Vector GIS”.
  A reader from the Marshall Mall Copy
  Center ($8)
• A suggested text is “Getting to know
  ArcGIS” but make sure you get the edition
  for version 9.1! (Amazon is cheaper)
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        More on Passwords

• These Access Codes are ~14 alpha
  characters
• That makes it easy to make a mistake
• So copy the password from the e-mail
  and paste it into the dialog requesting
  the password.


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     College assigned e-mail

• It is very important that you use the
  assigned e-mail address
• It is the ONLY one I will use
• It is very easy to forward mail from
  the SU account to the account you
  usually use – DO IT!
• Quiz 1 requires that you do it!

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     Doing the on-line course
• Method 1
  – You can do it by having two windows open on the
    computer
     • ArcGIS
     • Web page with instructions
  – You then flip back forth (and lose your place)
• Method 2
  – Copy and paste lessons/exercises into word
  – Print it – now you have a book
  – You put that next to the computer and check
    off what you do (and don’t lose your place)

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  Where are Assignments found?

• On the FOR557 schedule that can be
  accessed from the course web page –
  lets go there!
    http://www.esf.edu/for/herrington/557/for557.htm

• The schedule is where you will also find:
  – Lecture topics and PowerPoints
  – Reading Assignments
  – Notes
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          Where are the rules?
• On the course web page in the Syllabus
http://www.esf.edu/for/herrington/557/details557.htm
•   Course descriptions
•   Grading
•   Rules about handing stuff in
•   Etc.
Note: The only paper handed out in this
 class is a) Quizzes and b) Grade reports.
 Everything else is on the web!         11
                    Please

• Read and check the web pages!
 http://www.esf.edu/for/herrington/
  – Course Information
    • Details, details, details
  – Schedule
  – Links
• My e-mail is lpherrin@esf.edu

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                Forwarding e-mail
• If you don’t want to use your @syr.edu assigned to you by the
  College then go to
         https://selfserv.syr.edu/accounts/
                 Click on e-mail address registry
• And you end up here…




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Forwarding e-mail




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Easy




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          Data Management
• Data for all MY exercises will available on
  the Baker Lab’s Server Academic1 or on-
  line via the course web site
• Some of this data is large (megabytes)
• So this raises the question “where do I
  store my data?”
• Media…


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     Backing up is YOUR responsibility!

   • First choice of media
      – 128 or 512 meg flash memory stick
      – These devices plug into USB ports
        and are pretty idiot proof
   • 2nd choice of media
      – 250 meg Zip disk
      – NOT 100 meg and NOT 750 meg
      – 250 meg seems to be universal on
        campus
The smart person has 2 of either of these! It is very easy
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       Storage of Exercise Data
• Since Zip disks and flash memory sticks are
  relatively slow the best solution is…
• Get in the habit of running exercises from a
  workspace on C:\ and NOT from your backup
  storage device!
• Workspaces left on a cluster machine have about
  a 99.99% probability of not being there when
  your come back to the machine (assuming you
  remember exactly which machine you were using!)
• That means that you must copy workspaces from
  C:\ to your backup media and vice-versa.
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        Trashing backup media?
•   Very easy to do!
•   XP (and other Win versions) store what
    is to be written to a flash stick or Zip
    in a buffer.
•   The buffer is written to the media
    when
    a. The device is stopped (USB flash or zip)
    b. The Zip is properly ejected (Never eject
       by pushing the eject button on the drive!)
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              Basic Procedure
1.   Create workspace on    8.   Return to lab, any
     C: on lab machine          machine
2.   Create folder in       9. Copy workspace from
     workspace for              stick to C:
     exercise
                            10. Continue working or
3.   Do work                    create a new
4.   Save to C:                 exercise folder
5.   Copy to workspace to   11. Go back to #5
     C:
6.   Verify that it was
     copied
7.   Delete workspace on
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        Trashing backup media?
•   Yup!
•   XP (an other versions) store what is to
    be written to a flash stick or Zip in a
    buffer.
•   The buffer is written to the media
    when
    a. The device is stopped (USB flash or zip)
    b. The Zip is properly ejected (Never eject
       by pushing the eject button on the drive!)
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              ArcGIS
• ArcGIS has 3
  license levels




                   Power




                                                ArcInfo
  – ArcView




                                      ArcEdit
                            ArcView
  – ArcEdit
  – ArcInfo
                             License level

•And every license level has 2 programs
   ArcMap The main GIS software
   ArcCatalog A data management tool
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         We will be using…
• ArcView 9.1
• The lowest license level of ArcGIS
• The same as ArcGIS but without the full
  set of tools that the ArcInfo license level
  has.
• I will be able to provide any student who
  wants it
• with a 1-year copy of ArcGIS.
• But be aware that you must have a fast
  machine with lots of memory and diskspace.
• The size of the software is in 10s of
  megabytes
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        Extensions to ArcMap
•   Allow even more capability in ArcView 9.1
•   Spatial Analyst – raster GIS
•   3-D Analyst
•   GeoStatistical Analyst
•   Business Analyst
•   ArcPress – for making published map files
•   ArcIMS – Internet Map Server
•   And many others
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                  ESRI?
• ESRI is not the only company making
  GIS software. There are others
  – Intergraph      MapInfo
  – Small World     IDRISI
• So why is ESF fixated on ESRI
  products?
  – Defacto standard for many states
    including NY.
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           The Schedule

• The course schedule is kept up to
  date on the web
• Since this is almost a new course you
  can expect changes in the schedule as
  we work through it so don’t bother to
  print it!
• Where is it?

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     Course Web Resources

• The schedule is the key to what is
  going on.
• PowerPoints, exercises, etc. can all be
  downloaded – we hand out very little
  paper! (quizzes).
• Notes – sources of information
• Help at @Help557@rousmail esf.edu

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              Addendum
• No exams
• Weekly lab assignments
• 3-6 hrs per assignment – some time
  more
• Computers and people who use
  computers can be very frustrating!
• Don’t fall behind or you are dead
• Have to turn stuff in ON TIME!
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                And…

• Since there are so many people in
  here this year I have to change the
  way I teach
• As a result the schedule may, at
  times (like now) only be good for the
  current week


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