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In this LibGuide we will use two programs: ArcMap (also called ArcGIS Desktop) and ArcGIS Online.
Below is a list of a few key differences between the programs.
ArcMap (ArcGIS Desktop)
Required (and may be expensive)
Free version available
Internal, external, and public sharing
Output & sharing is publically available
Full map authorship
Compile & edit GIS databases
Geoprocessing & use of Python
Customize user experience
Limited capabilities in the free version
Let's assume that you are a civil engineer that is tasked with the following project:
Your project is to identify a location around the CSN-Charleston Campus in which a long-lived, shade structure made from sustainable materials, which convenient utilities in each bay, and lighting and ventilation to enable students to work during all seasons of the year but shields them from dust and heat.
In this exercise, we will go through the process of identifying, combining, and editing layers in order to figure out a location. We will not find a solution.