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Woods Hole Field Center Members Attend Session on Migration to ArcGIS 8.1

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On October 23, 2001, ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) held its first, free "Migration to ArcGIS 8.1" seminar in Cambridge, MA. Attending the seminar were several Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users from the Woods Hole Field Center (WHFC)—Tammie Middleton, Jill Rozycki, Kara Hass, and Glynn Williams—along with Jessica Baker, a former intern at WHFC and co-winner of the ESRI 2001 communication/cartography map award. Associates from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution also attended.

The meeting consisted of two sessions. The morning session covered general concepts of ArcGIS 8.1, mainly by a PowerPoint graphic presentation geared toward compacting and delivering complex information to a professional audience of GIS users and potential users. The presentation covered a great deal of information, and a question-and-answer session followed.

The afternoon session delved into the hands-on aspect of the meeting. The session covered early and current versions of ESRI ArcView products, as well as the three main components of ArcGIS 8.1: ArcCatalog, ArcMap, and ArcTool Box. Detailed information on these products and their new extensions can be found at ESRI's Web site.

It was quite an impressive seminar overall, but it presented too much complex information about this powerful product for most of the audience to fully grasp in a few hours. However, the number of audience questions showed that a conceptual understanding was achieved. A single session of Migrating to ArcGIS is well worth attending for the professional or beginning GIS user. The consensus of the USGS group was to consider a longer, formally instructed training course in order to get a working knowledge of this improved product.

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