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NOAA Datums Videos 2014

Differential correction with NA2011 and the newest epoch of NAD83

See our and Datums Basics and GPS Tutorials for the long-awaited results of months of rigorous testing and peer review

Trimble Positions software has replaced Trimble GPS Analyst in ArcGIS 10.1

ALASKA GPS and GIS users - check out Joel Cusick's Datum and Projections presentation Feb 2013

ArcGIS 10.1 - New and Cool improvements see Presentation from Melita Kennedy, ESRI : Projections and Datums Dec 2012

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ArcGIS is the most common GIS software in North America.
The main components of the suite are -

Accessing, managing, and creating GIS data and metadata.

Data display, analysis and communicating results via map products.

Data conversion, management, processing, and analysis. ArcToolbox is accessed from within either ArcCatalog or ArcMap.

Data collection software for GPS-capture and digitizing.

Licensing Levels
3 different levels of licensing are available: ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcINFO, in increasing order of functionality.
To determine which level licensing is installed, in ArcMap or ArcCatalog choose, Help / About.

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The GeoBook is an interactive map format, which allow users not only to pan, zoom and measure items on the map, but to view the inforamtion behind each map locations in data tables that can associated and analyzed.  Also available are images, word documents, spreadsheets and Internet accessible updates as provided by the CD author. The GeoBook will display any files for which the users computer has the supporting software.

GeoBook Author is the software to create a GeoBook. See for more details about the authoring product.

Be sure to check out the Black Rock eBOOK featured in the Projects section.

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TerraGo Technologies' GeoPDF format allows for the exchange of spatial data and comments directly via an interactive map.  Maps created with the GeoPDF authoring software are easily opened by any user running the standard Adobe PDF Reader. Users can zoom, pan and toggle layer visibility.  The format is so popular that the USGS now offers their topo maps in this format.

By downloading a small, free GeoPDF toolbar, users can also add sketch points, lines and polygons, as well as attached comments to these features. These are exported to a lightweight file easily sent by email. The comment file is imported to the recipient’s copy of the map to review marked proposals, reply to comments and add their own markup. ESRI ArcGIS users can convert these comment files to shapefiles for inclusion in their GIS   Other GeoPDF functions, such as its direct use with GPS, is not discussed here.  See the TerraGo Technologies site for a complete product description.

Be sure to check out the GeoPDF article in the Projects section of the site.

Software : Interactive Maps with ESRI ArcReader PDF Print E-mail

ESRI ArcReader allows you to distribute interactive maps and data that you have created in ArcGIS to user who install the free ArcReader application on their machine.

Originally, the Previous Race Routes data was published in ArcReader.  The GeoPDF format  and npw Google mapping tools were chosen over ArcReader because progresses in those technologies.

The files remain available in the ArcReader article in the Projects section.