Part 2: Load Data Into a GIS

Step 1 –
Download and Install ArcVoyager Special Edition GIS


    ArcVoyager SE Installer for Mac ( 26.8MB Aug10 04)
    • Mac users hold down the ctrl key and click "Download link to disk.." to download the installer. Then double click the installer and follow the directions. Look at point 3. below for additional help with installation. (These instructions apply when using Internet Explorer. Your download command may be slightly different for another browser.)

    ArcVoyager SE Zipped for PC ( 37.6MB Aug11 04)
    • PC users perform a "Save Target As.." by right-clicking on the zipped file and saving them to the computer's hard drive. Then unzip the files. Unzipping should create a directory called Special. Look at point 3. below for additional help with installation. (These instructions apply when using Internet Explorer. Your download command may be slightly different for another browser.)
    Note: These installers are very large files (37MB). Downloading them via a phone connection could take several hours. High speed Internet access is recommended.
  1. Scroll down to the ArcVoyager Special Edition installers and download the installer for your platform to your computer or use the installers above.

  2. Download ArcVoyager Special Edition


    Be sure to download ArcVoyager Special Edition and not ArcVoyager full install for ArcView. ArcVoyager for ArcView requires that ArcView already be installed on your computer. ArcVoyager Special Edition is a stand-alone GIS. Mac users please note that ArcVoyager is a Classic application.
  3. Unstuff or unzip the installer for your platform and follow its installation instructions.

For Macintosh

  1. Unstuff or unzip the installer file (arcvoyagerse_installer.hqx) and follow its installation instructions.

  2. An ESRI folder or directory containing the ArcVoyager software will be placed in a location that you specify.
    ArcVoyager software inside ESRI folder

For Windows

  1. Unstuff or unzip the installer file (avgse.zip) into a folder of your choosing. This can be a temporary folder that can be deleted after the installation is complete. A new folder named/SPECIAL will be created.
  2. Open the folder/SPECIAL and open the README.TXT file for reference.

  3. Find the ArcVoyager Setup program SETUP.EXE in /SPECIAL and double-click it to begin installation.

  4. Install ArcVoyager to c:\VOYAGER (default location). A data folder and program folder will be placed in that location. The data folder contains additional readme and ArcVoyager guides.


Step 2 –
Download Additional Data

  1. Save and unzip all files into the Earthquake_Data folder.
  2. PC users perform a "Save Target As.." by right-clicking on the following zipped files and saving them into the folder \Earthquake_Data. Then unzip the files. (These instructions apply when using Internet Explorer. Your download command may be slightly different for another browser.)
  3. Mac users hold down the ctrl key and click "Download link to disk.." to download the following zipped files. Save them into the folder \Earthquake_Data. Be sure to unzip or expand the files. (These instructions apply when using Internet Explorer. Your download command may be slightly different for another browser.)

Step 3 –
Navigate to Startup Project, Creating New Worlds: TURN ME LOOSE and Launch ArcVoyager

An important note about ArcVoyager: ArcVoyager projects cannot be saved. This means that when you exit the program, your work will not be saved. To save a map or other display, you will need to take a screen capture. (Press Print Screen function key on PCs, or command-shift-3 all at once on Macs). Then paste the image into a paint or drawing program, crop it, save it, and/or print it out.

Alternatively, the techniques of this chapter can be used with ArcView 3.X GIS, which does allow project files to be saved.

  1. Mac users navigate to the ESRI folder and launch ArcVoyager Special Edition while PC users go to the Start Menu to launch the program.
  2. Scroll through the ArcVoyager Guide and open the Creating New Worlds: Startup Project.
  1. Locate the ESRI folder or directory and launch ArcVoyager by clicking on the short cut icon for the application.
    ArvVoyager desktop icon

  2. Click on OK and wait for the ArcVoyager Guide to open.

  3. Click on Creating New Worlds: Turn Me Loose by the rocket to activate the fourth section of the ArcVoyager Guide.

  4. Click on Creating New Worlds: Start-up Project by the key.

  5. Click on the magnifying glass to activate the Start-up Project.

  6. Click on OK and wait for ArcVoyager to open.

  7. ArcVoyager opens with a blank map space, View1. A menu bar, button bar, and tool bar are visible at the top.

  1. Launch ArcVoyager by going to the Start menu>All Programs>ArcVoyager>ArcVoyager Special Edition or clicking on the desktop short cut icon.
    ArvVoyager desktop icon

  2. Click on Creating New Worlds: Turn Me Loose by the rocket to activate the fourth section of the ArcVoyager Guide.

  3. Click on Creating New Worlds: Start-up Project by the key.

  4. Click on the magnifying glass to activate the Start-up Project.

  5. ArcVoyager opens with a blank map space, View1. A menu bar, button bar, and tool bar are visible at the top.


Step 4 –
Set Up a Base Map with Relevant Themes

Add themes that draw country and state borders, latitude/longitude lines, and plate boundaries. Adjust how the themes are displayed.

  1. Choose View>Add Theme..., navigate to the Earthquake Data folder, and select all four files you downloaded: bounds.shp, cntry94.shp, states.shp, and world30.shp. Click Add All. (PC users need to hold down the shift key to select more than one file and then click Add.)
  2. To add a theme to View1, choose View>Add Theme...
    Add theme to a view

    Navigate to the Earthquake Data folder, and select all four files you downloaded: bounds.shp, cntry94.shp, states.shp, and world30.shp. Click Add All.
    Add all themes to a view


  3. Turn all four themes on by clicking the boxes next to their names.
  4. Click the box in front of a theme's name to turn that theme on.
    Click the box in front of the theme name to turn it on

    Turn all four themes on by clicking the boxes next to their names.
    Some themes may cover others if placed above them


  5. Click and drag the world30.shp theme, sliding it to the bottom of the list, known as the Table of Contents. (To drag a theme you grab it by its name).
  6. Slide a theme toward the bottom of the Table of Contents


    Each theme in a GIS is a separate layer that builds the map. Themes are mapped as either points, lines, or polygons. The thematic layers are drawn from the bottom to the top as they appear in the Table of Contents. If not positioned properly, it is possible for some layers to cover up others. In general, polygons should be placed at the bottom, while lines and points would be arranged near the top.
  7. Move the themes around to create a useful base map.
  8. Themes arranged on base map


Step 5 –
Add Data as Tables

In case you had difficulty creating the files in Part 1, here are some sample files to work with. Download these files into the Earthquake_Data folder.

Click the Add Table button Add Table Button is second from the left to add the two files of "GIS-ready" data that you formated in Part 1 (i.e. Sig_Big_eq.txt and Last_year_eq.txt). Make sure the file type is set to Delimited Text or else the files will not be visible within the Earthquake Data folder.

Click the Add Table Add Table Button is second from the left button and navigate to the Earthquake Data folder. Make sure the file type is set to Delimited Text. Then select last year's earthquake data. Click Open to add the table.
Add last year's earthquakes to the project as a table

Repeat the procedure for Sig_Big_eq.txt.
Add the significant and big earthquakes to the project as a table


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