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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)

Representing features with graphics

Graphic marks are considered to be symbols when they are agreed to have a certain meaning. This could be a picnic table to identify a park site, or a blue cross to identify a hospital. Others are more specific to maps—the use of a circle to represent a city, for example. The mapmaker assigns a symbol that represents the information he or she wants to bring across to the map user. Good, intuitive symbols can often be presented without defining them in a legend, but for most purposes, we add a legend to ensure clarity.

Symbol systems and symbol conventions

Many organizations that produce volumes of maps have rigid symbol systems that are the same on every map they produce. The topographic maps of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have a multiple-page booklet for all of their symbols, and every major travel map company has their own version of the expected roadside symbols. If we are familiar with an area, we may attach memories and personal meaning...