Review geographic information system (GIS) concepts and explore ArcGIS 10.x software in this introductory session. Learn why GIS is important to cultural resource management, how the technology can be applied to standard practices, and how the historic preservation community can take advantage of GIS to improve understanding of resources. Discover the basic functionality of the application and the capabilities of GIS in a variety of situations using cultural resource examples.


  • What is GIS and how does GIS work? 
  • Capturing and storing data in ArcGIS 10.x
  • Querying and analyzing data in ArcGIS 10.x
  • Displaying and getting data out of ArcGIS 10.x
  • What are spatial relationships? 
  • Exploring the ArcGIS® 10.x interface 
  • Examining ArcGIS® 10.x components (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox) 
  • Using the ArcGIS® 10.x help system
  • Overview of the other modules in the ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction series

Training Curriculum

30-minute, on-demand eLearning

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

  • 2


    • Getting Familiar: Part 1

    • Getting Familiar: Part 2

    • Getting Familiar: Part 3

    • Getting Familiar: Part 4

  • 3

    Download Course Slides

    • Getting Familiar (slide deck)

  • 4

    Download Video Transcript

    • Getting Familiar (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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