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Vector data and attributes

Margaret E. (Beth) McMillan, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


This exercise introduces students to methods of creating GIS data. They collect point data using a GPS, and they digitize line data from a basemap. They also learn how to add attribute data.


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Introduction to GIS

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Software required for this assignment/activity:
ArcGIS ArcInfo 9.3, Excel

Time required for students to complete the assignment:
2-4 hours


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