Matt just came across a great interactive map for finding your UTM zone. What UTM Zone Am I In? has an interactive Google-based map which allows you to zoom in to your point of interest using countries, states, cities, etc. as reference points.
Colorbrewer is an awesome interactive tool for selecting color combinations for maps and cartography. It allows you to try out different color schemes more quickly than in ArcMap, and provides feedback on the color scheme\’s effectiveness in computer display and print. It also tells you whether the colors are color-blind friendly.
For DEMs and other continuous rasters (hillshade, curvature, etc) it is important to change the default display settings in ArcMap. To do this, open the layer properties, display tab, and change \”Resample during display\” from nearest neighbor (default) to bilinear interpolation. This change significantly reduces pixilation in your DEMs and is particularly noticeable at larger scales.
For those interested in the potential for mapping via kite or balloon, here is a new site, which includes links for related hardware and software: http://wiki.grassrootsmapping.org/show/HomePage
For more in-depth discussion of KAP (kite aerial photography), see http://www.arch.ced.berkeley.edu/kap/
Nathan Craig\’s lab at Penn State also has a lot of info on KAP for archaeology: http://www.personal.psu.edu/nmc15/blogs/anthspace/
ANTH 312ers: Since you are moving data between drives a lot, you\’ll want to set the data sources in your ArcMap docs as relative links. Make sure you map docs are saved that way by going to Map document properties (under File menu), check the box for relative links, and save it before moving the [...]
Here\’s another trick for capturing and georeferencing Google Earth imagery if anyone is interested.
There is a freeware GIS program called MapWindow. Once you install it you can download the Shape2Earth plugin, which has the \”GE Capture\” feature that will capture the full extent of the landscape you are viewing in Google Earth. [...]
I created some screencast videos of how to do steps 4-9 of practicum 2.
If they don\’t play on your video player, download VLC media player (everybody should have this opensource Swiss Army Knife video player anyway):
Below are the links to download the how-to videos (Note some are > 100mb, so may take [...]
The ESRI website has a number of free video tutorials available on a number of topics. You can find a list of them here.