ArcGIS setup, part 3

IMPORTANT: We assume you've already completed the setup steps in:

We recommend the following layout, naming conventions, and settings for each new GIS project you undertake.

You only need to do these steps once at the beginning of each new project.

Map setup

  1. Open the map document in ArcMap.
  2. Click WindowsTable of Contents
  3. Click on the List by Drawing Order button
  4. Create a group layer (right-click Layers→New Group Layer) for the project's input data.
  5. Create a group layer for the project's output data.
  6. Set the map's projection
    1. Right-click Layers→Properties...
    2. In the Coordinate System tab, select the appropriate projection.

Metadata format

  1. Click Customize→ArcMap Options...
  2. Select the Metadata tab
  3. In Metadata Style, select North American Profile of ISO19115 2003.
  4. Make sure all the check boxes in the Metadata tab are checked.
  5. Click OK

Toolbox and workspace setup

  1. Click Windows→Catalog
  2. Right-click Home - ... and select NewToolbox...
  3. Right-click Home - ... and select NewFile Geodatabase
  4. Right-click Home - ... and select NewFile Geodatabase

In Windows Explorer, you should now see a project.tbx file, and output.gdb and scratch.gdb folders, in you project folder.

Geoprocessing environment setup

  1. Click GeoprocessingEnvironments...→Workspace

Model setup

  1. In the Catalog window, right-click the toolbox you created and select NewModel
  2. In the Model window, click Model→Model Properties
    1. In the General tab:
      1. Set Name to your project name (e.g. HW3)
      2. Set Label to your project name (e.g. HW3)
      3. Check Store relative path names (instead of absolute paths)
      4. Check Always run in foreground
  3. Click Model→Close

Finishing up

  1. If the ArcToolbox window is open, close it. (Leaving it open can dramatically increase the time it takes for ArcMap to start up when reading this map's .mxd file.)
  2. Leave the Catalog window open.
  3. Click File→Save. You can quit ArcMap now.

Remember, you only need to do these steps once at the beginning of each new project.

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