July 31, 2013

9:15 – 9:30 Please (1) get your laptop plugged in and started up; (2) connect to the wireless internet; and (3) open your email. Accept the invitation to http://wvhistory.maps.arcgis.com, and create your account.

9:30 – 9:45

  • Hopes and Fears
  • Getting Started with GIS
  • ArcGIS for Organizations
  • GIS Basics

9:45 – 10:15  Explore ArcGIS Online Basics When landing on http://wvde.maps.arcgis.com,
we have a couple of options – sign in with an account, click Gallery to view maps created by others, or click MAP to create a map.

  • Explore the Gallery
    • Maps
    • Web Apps
    • Explore the Map Viewer (Use the lines provided below for notes)
      • Details (About, Content, Legend)
      • Basemaps
      • Add Layer
      • Measure
      • Bookmark
      • Scale and Zoom
      • Shift and Drag

10:15 – 11:30 Using http://wvhistory.maps.arcgis.com accounts

2:30 – 3:00 Using Data Layers

  • Create an Editable Layer (Adding a data point and a popup window)
    • With a map window open, click Add > Add Map Notes
    • Name the layer you are creating (i.e. trees, historical sites, camping locations, etc.)
    • Leave the template as map notes, click create.
    • You now have an add features window. Click the type of data you’d like to add. (Start with pushpin)
    • Place your pushpin.  A popup window will appear. Fill in the name and description.
    • If you have a direct link to a picture online (meaning the actual web address of the picture ends in .jpg – it must end in a .jpg!), paste that into the Image URL box.  If you’d like that image to link to a specific website, paste that website address into the Image Link URL box.
    • Click Close and you’re done. Now, if you “unclick” the Edit button, you’ll be able to click your pushpin and see your popup box! Click Edit again to add more points.


  • Add data collected from a GPS (This requires heading to eklose.com/GIS and downloading sample file) (Download Sample File Here: derocho_wind.)
    • Locate the text file that has your latitude and longitude data. (Saved from excel as .csv)
    • Click Add > Add layer from file
    • Browse to the file, click Import Layer. The data appear!
    • To see the data behind the points, click the small arrow to the right of the layer in the legend. Click show table.


  • Practice searching for data
  • Add data from the WVU GIS Tech Center
    • Add -> Search for Layers
    • A GIS Server, type in http://services.wvgis.wvu.edu/arcgis
    • Don’t put anything in the search box, just hit GO and you’ll get a list of all the datasets that are served up currently by  the WVU GIS Technical Center.
  • Search for layers online
    • Add -> Search for Layers
    • Find -> (examples, demographics, agriculture, watersheds, etc.)
    • In -> ArcGIS Online
  • Add data from the national atlas (http://nationalatlas.gov/mapmaker)
    • Head to (http://nationalatlas.gov/mapmaker)
    • Use the drop down arrows on the right to look at all the available federal data layers
    • Notice the layers are grouped into categories
    • Head to http://nationalatlas.gov/infodocs/wms_intro.html#capabilities
    • Scroll down to “Accessing the Capabilities File”
    • Right click the URL located next to the category you are interested in, i.e. climate and select “copy link address”
    • Go back to ArcGIS
    • Add -> Search for Layers
    • Add Layer from Web, Select “A WMS OGC Web Service”
    • Paste the link address in the box and click Add Layer.
    • When it appears in your contents, click the layer name and ALL the sub layers will appear.
    • Check the one you are interested in. Uncheck all the others!
  • Practice with the data analysis tools