Exploring Error and Uncertainty Related to Datums and Projections Using ArcGIS

Skill Drill: Connect to Your Workspace Folder in ArcMap

Table of Contents

  1. Exploring Error and Uncertainty Related to Datums and Projections Using ArcGIS
  2. Skill Drill: Setting Up Your Workspace
  3. Skill Drill: Downloading Data from Natural Earth
  4. Skill Drill: Connect to Your Workspace Folder in ArcMap
  5. Creating a File Geodatabase
  6. Creating Feature Classes from Shapefiles
  7. Adding XY Data using the ArcCatalog Window
  8. Skill Drill: Creating Indicatrices Using the Buffer Tool
  9. Evaluate Distortion Patterns in Map Projections
  10. Measuring Scale Distortion
  11. Skill Drill: Evaluate and Measure Distortion
  12. Troubleshooting Datum Shift
  13. Repairing Corrupted Data Using the Define Projection Tool
  14. Skill Drill: Repairing Incorrect Coordinate System Definitions

Locate ArcMap on your computer and launch the software. Open a blank map document. In the Catalog Window, connect to your workspace folder, Exploring_Errors, located on the desktop (Figure 2.07)

Figure 2.07: You connect to a folder so that the contents appear in the Catalog Window.

Expand the original folder to view the contents. You should see the three shapefiles inside that represent countries, populated places, and graticules (Figure 2.08). Do not add the shapefiles to the map. Instead, you convert them to feature classes in the next step.

Figure 2.08: The contents of the workspace folder are displayed and organized in the Catalog Window. This display of folders and files is sometimes called the Catalog Tree.