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Own Your Map

      This past week in Introduction to GIS, the assignment was to create a map showing the location of the University of West Florida main campus and important surrounding features. Through the assignment students familiarized themselves with the different map elements; including title, scale, legend, border, date, data source, and cartographer name. Prior to creating the map students were instructed to consider the information, audience, and function of the map.
     To begin, an inset map was created to provide a reference for the location of Escambia county within the state of Florida. To do this it was necessary to create multiple data frames. As part of the assignment students familiarized themselves with the different utilities of data view and layout view. Next, the UWF campus location, interstate, major rivers, and Florida cities were added. To limit the boundary of these features, students learned to clip data frames. To show specific cities the lab instructions laid out the procedure to create a query to select specific attributes. Once done, the temporary layer was used to create a new layer. The rest of the assignment involved editing and fine tuning map elements to refine the appearance of the map. This involved inserting the essential map elements and changing colors and symbols.

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