Review spatial data display techniques and cartographic techniques available in geographic information systems (GIS), specifically using ArcGIS 10.x software. Learn how to create a paper map from your spatial data or analysis. Explore basic map display and cartography tools using cultural resource examples.


  • The ArcMap interface
  • Displaying data
  • Organizing the data view
  • Map document
  • Data frames
  • Table of contents in ArcMap
  • Moving around the map display
  • Changing layer symbology
  • Qualitative symbol types
  • Quantitative symbol types
  • Classifying values
  • Changing classifications
  • Changing symbol properties
  • Labeling features
  • Controlling display
  • Building a definition query
  • Layer files
  • Changing a data source
  • Basic cartographic concepts
  • Creating maps in ArcMap
  • Preparing the layout page
  • Adding a legend
  • Adding other map elements
  • Map templates and data-driven pages
  • Overview of the other modules in the ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction series

Training Curriculum

75-minute, on-demand eLearning

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

  • 2


    • Making Paper Maps: Part 1

    • Making Paper Maps: Part 2

    • Making Paper Maps: Part 3

  • 3

    Download Course Slides

    • Making Paper Maps (slide deck)

  • 4

    Download Video Transcript

    • Making Paper Maps (transcript)

  • 5

    Course Evaluation

    • NPI Evaluation



Deidre McCarthy, GISP

Deidre McCarthy, GISP, chief, Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) Facility, National Park Service; facilitates the use of GIS to manage the location, status, and condition of cultural resources.
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This training is suitable for

  • Archaeologists; architectural historians; planners; preservation architects and landscape architects;

  • Community leaders; contractors, consultants, and project managers; cultural and natural resource managers responsible for compliance requirements;

  • Facility managers of historic properties; national, statewide, and local preservation and land management organization members and staff

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