NRSC 2230 / GEOG 2750

Module I: Adding Data from External Sources

Overview

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this topic you will be able to:

  • Import data from EXCEL, dbf and csv file formats, into ArcGIS
  • Digitize approximate locations of features from image files
  • Retrieve data from internet sources e.g. DataBC

Activity 1: Adding XY coordinates from an Excel spreadsheet

This video shows how to create a new shapefile from coordinates stored in an Excel spreadsheet

Activity 2: Exploring DataBC Catalogue

Explore the British Columbia DataBC site.  Follow the DataBC Catalogue link to examine the types and content of the resources available through this service.  Please examine these resources with a view toward forming a proposal for your final project in this course.

Activity 3: Exploring DataBC  Web Map Services

Explore the DataBC site to review the resources available through connections that use geospatial software.  Follow the links that provide information on connecting and using WMS services.  Review the resources available with a view toward forming a proposal  for your final project in this course.

Activity 4:  Exploring iMapBC

Explore the iMapBC site.  Launch and test drive the application.   Review the resources available with a view toward forming a proposal  for your final project in this course.