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Tutorial II: Data Management

This training introduces several useful pieces of analytical GIS functionality with health applications including: geocoding, spatial joins, and essential geoprocessing tasks like clip, buffer, and project.

This training is part of a larger curriculum created as part of the GIS Surveillance for Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases in State and Local Health Departments project.

Learn more about the other GIS Training programs.

Module 1: Leveraging the Where of Geographic Data.

This module discusses spatial relationships within a single layer and between multiple layers using sptatial selections and spatial joins.

Module 2: Editing Attribute Tables.

This module discusses the attributes of spatial data, including editing the contents of existing attribute fields, adding new attribute fields, and using the field calculator.

Module 3: Getting Started with Metadata.

This module discusses the basics of metadata, including reading, searching, and creating metadata.

Module 4: Essential Geoprocessing Tasks.

This module introduces the concept of geoprocessing, and describes four basic geoprocessing tools: Project, Select, Buffer, and Clip.

Module 5: Mapping Point Level Data.

This module introduces the basics of geocoding, including the use of ArcGIS and web-based geocoding tools.

Module 6: Mapmaking.

This module introduces some intermediate mapmaking concepts, including labeling conventions, inset maps, and proportional symbol maps.

This session is concerned with providing the basics of Data Management. Specific themes include:

  • Multiple Layers
  • Spatial Selections
  • Spatial Joins
  • Attribute Fields
  • Field Calculator
  • Metadata
  • Geoprocessing
  • Geocoding
  • Labeling Conventions
  • Inset Maps
  • Proportional Symbol Maps