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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By : Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski
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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By: Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski

Overview of this book

ArcGIS Pro is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. This book will help you create visually stunning maps that increase the legibility of the stories being mapped and introduce visual and design concepts into a traditionally scientific, data-driven process. The book begins by outlining the steps of gathering data from authoritative sources and lays out the workflow of creating a great map. Once the plan is in place you will learn how to organize the Contents Pane in ArcGIS Pro and identify the steps involved in streamlining the production process. Then you will learn Cartographic Design techniques using ArcGIS Pro's feature set to organize the page structure and create a custom set of color swatches. You will be then exposed to the techniques required to ensure your data is clear and legible no matter the size or scale of your map. The later chapters will help you understand the various projection systems, trade-offs between them, and the proper applications of them to make sure your maps are accurate and visually appealing. Finally, you will be introduced to the ArcGIS Online ecosystem and how ArcGIS Pro can utilize it within the application. You will learn Smart Mapping, a new feature of ArcGIS Online that will help you to make maps that are visually stunning and useful. By the end of this book, you will feel more confident in making appropriate cartographic decisions.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Determining the style of your map

The abundance of data in the world today is wonderful; GPS-enabled phones, APIs, open data portals, and cheap IoT devices can give us a wealth of information. Up until now, it was rare to deal with such data-rich content, so the average GIS user didn't need to know how to deal with this abundance. Cartographers for a long time have been working on how to best show data on a map.

In the previous chapters, you learned how to properly choose the right design, colors, and typeface for your map document. In this chapter, we will discuss the purpose of different genres of maps and how to choose which one to use. We will discuss when it's appropriate to change the data to make the map more visually appealing or accessible. We will then close the chapter learning different ways to aggregate and faithfully represent data.

Better understanding of your map

A mapmaker's goal is transfer knowledge to the map's viewer. When someone looks at a map, they are looking for information...