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Getting Started With ArcGiS Tutorial

Getting Started With ArcGIS

This StoryMap is a tutorial for making simple thematic maps with ArcGIS Online. It is the basis for the Getting Started with ArcGIS workshop. 

Practice With Data Layers and Data Visualization

Individual Practice

1. Please use MapViewer Classic and make a map for a theme or topic in which you are interested. Follow the instructions there.

Choose a basemap. Then choose a data layer from the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

Possible data layers to use: 

ACS Health Insurance Coverage Variables - Boundaries

ACS Race and Hispanic Origin Variables - Boundaries

2022 USA Tapestry Segmentation (useful for Business)

ACS Median Age Variables - Boundaries

2022 USA Population Density

ACS Poverty Status Variables - Boundaries

ACS Travel Time to Work - Boundaries

2. Change the drawing style. 

With the relevant data layer selected, click on the third icon to change the drawing style. 


We want to use the Counts and Amounts (Color) option, which is probably already being used. Click on Options here. 

Experiment with different Themes. If your map data is displayed with the Above and Below theme, choose High to low in the dropdown list. If it is already using the "High to low" theme, choose Above and Below. Note how the map changes when you select these different options. 

If you want to change the color scheme, click on the Symbols tool. Then you can select the color scheme you want to use. 

If you change the color scheme, click on OK to save your changes. 

Be sure to then click Done to save all of your changes.


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