Online GIS Mapping Advanced Training — Helpful URLs and Instructional Videos

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The Advanced Training for the Online Mapping tools was recorded during a computer lab training in a single 90-minute YouTube video. Links are provided below that take you directly to the video segments of the YouTube video with the topics covered and the length of the video segment covering those topics.

Refresher: Navigating to the Planners Maps  (starts at the beginning — Play until 1:30)

Hidden Tools on the Planners Maps: Data Tables — how to navigate, how to data is stored; Filter Tool — how to query; Zoom to Selected Items; how to find your Town (the field name for Town can be “MCD” which stands for Municipal Civil Division); Bridges and Boat launches in Harrington are used as examples (Starts at 1:34 — Play until 11:30)

Changing the Base Map — Changing the Map Style of Selected Map Features: choose different base maps — aerial photos are used as an example; change the symbol/style that shows up on your map (size, visible range where symbols can be seen); (Starts at 11:30 — Play until 16:39)

Measure Tool:  Measure lengths, areas or locations; change units; get location coordinates; find location from coordinates, eg. from google maps or a GPS unit); (Starts at 16:40 — Play until 22:40)

Identifying Source Data: How data is stored; understanding how data is structured so you can find it; how to add data to your map; modify map; add layers from web, desktop, servers; change its symbology; saving your work — see the next video segment! (Starts at 16:51 — Play until 33:45)

Adding Layers to Your Map from External Sources

Creating an ArcGIS account and Adding Layers to your map: creating a public account to save your work; troubleshooting when you can't create an account; edit existing maps and save them to your account; share your maps; here is the Resources link web page at UMM-GIS described in the video at 41:38: once UMM-GIS migrates data to the new server you will follow the same instructions in the video and the “old server” link will be gone); troubleshooting error messages about types of web services or web map layers; removing sub-layers; troubleshooting adding too much data when you get an error message; organization of the new web server (Starts at 33:40 — Play until 52:54)

Additional Mapping Resources:   Mapping layers available and usable from the Maine GIS Data Catalog;  WMS format layers needed for ArcGIS online maps; challenges with large file sizes; date of orthophoto imagery;  Maine DEP data, KML files, moving layers to the top of your contents; Maine DOT data (Starts at 52:58 — Play until 1hour :5:6)

Adding mapped data from online sources: searching for layers; mapping layer types; demographic data — example is from ESRI (the creators of ArcGIS online) they have pre-selected, pre-formatted data by census tract;  removing layers (Starts at 1:5:6 — Play until 1:9:38)

Creating Your Own Data

Creating Your Own Data: Using the Add menu option: add map notes; point, line, freehand lines, area (boxes or freehand); example is to outline a blueberry field; attaching information to what you draw; edit the pop-up information attached to what you draw; adding/attaching an image to what you draw; troubleshooting image link types (Starts at 1:9:40 — Play until 1:20:09)

Adding Point Data to your Map: adding a GPS point from the field to a map; adding a map note to the point from the field; naming your point data (Starts at 1:20:010 — Play until 1:24:33)

Saving Your work: Saving your work to your public account; adding a tag(s) to allow the map to be searchable on the web; summarize (Starts at 1:24:36 — Play until 1:26:06)

Sharing your Map: sharing your work with others who have public accounts; ArcGIS My Content, organizing folders; ArcGIS Groups, create a group, search for a Group, request Membership in a Group, accept Membership requests, sharing map with Groups (Starts at 1:26:10 — Play until 1:32:35)