Welcome to PASDA's GIS Basics Tutorial. It follows PASDA's introductory tutorial, GIS Basics, and is designed for people wanting to acquire basic GIS software skills and procedures. Although this tutorial is based upon ESRI's entry-level GIS software, ArcExplorer, the basic concepts and functions demonstrated in these six exercises are applicable to other basic GIS software packages as well. Complimenting this tutorial is PASDA's searchable Glossary, which contains definitions and examples of important concepts found throughout this tutorial.
Before beginning the tutorials please visit the Preparation page, where learners will be guided through the process of obtaining the appropriate PASDA data from our data catalog. This needs to be done only once as all the exercises use the same datasets. Once you've got the data, you're ready to get started.