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Once, only cartographers made maps. Today anyone can. Still, cartographers can teach people to make better maps, just as chefs can show people how to cook better meals. With coaching from experienced cartographers and practical, hands-on exercises using ArcGIS Pro, you'll become a smarter mapmaker, ready to go beyond the defaults and make better maps.


Section 1

Getting Started: Let's Get Mapping

Consider the value and purpose of cartography as science and art. Get set up with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and exercise data. Use ArcGIS Pro to design a small-format, multiscale topographic map, using generalization tools and scale-dependent symbology. Use layouts for composition. Add contextual detail, insets, legends, and marginalia.

Section 2

Math for Mapmakers

Explore how coordinate systems, transformations, and projections affect your map's message. Deal with the effects of projections and data classification methods on thematic maps. Design and publish a custom basemap in a nonstandard projection to support thematic data. Build attribute-driven symbology. Publish a multiscale web map and app.

Section 3

Language of Graphics

See how generalization, symbology, and color affect your story. Explore generalization techniques that reduce feature complexity for smaller-scale displays. Create a variety of thematic maps, including choropleth, proportional symbol, value-by alpha, and multivariate maps. Change symbology and use transparency in creative ways.

Section 4

Labels and Composition

Learn a little about typography, label placement, and map composition. Set up a palette of label styles for different features and explore options for positioning them around other map details. Create a layout that includes a range of marginalia. Use ArcGIS expressions to define labels in innovative ways.

Section 5

Mapping in 3D

Consider how to best use the z dimension to represent data for both reference and thematic maps. Use 3D symbology and develop a sense of when 3D adds value to your map. Build 3D web scenes and vary the way features are represented using attributes and dynamic symbology.

Section 6

Mapping Change

Use the time-aware and animation controls in ArcGIS Pro to design maps that show temporal change. Direct an animated movie to map change; add captions and dynamic overlay information; and publish in a range of popular, shareable formats. Create a display of small multiples for an infographic poster.



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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was my first foray into ArcPro. And it had a lot of interesting bells and whistles to it. The MOOC focused on a lot of things that were way above my skill level, like animation and 3D mapping, and I felt that while it was interesting to see what...
  • Nurul Huda Anggraeni
    As Data Scientist and Analyst, This course makes me feel better to learn and learn about cartography skills. That's an amazing course for me. Thank you MOOC Teams
  • I learned a lot of Cartography skills and techniques. I have seen many creative stories and ideas. I gained experience and interest in mapping. Most importantly, I love cartography and maps more. I see the connection that maps bring to the world that...
  • Anonymous
    This is one of the better online classes I have taken. The examples are well thought out and the instructions are clear. I liked the videos and thought they helped my understanding. Too many classes teach how to do things and there is little emphasis on why to do them. The videos and some of the explanatory text in the projects explained the "why" very well. I think this will give me a better ability to use the material I learned in the future on unrelated projects. I think my maps in the future will be easier to understand as well as looking better as a result of taking this course. I will look at the additional resources provided with the class later as well as the work of the cartographers mentioned in the videos.
  • Catherine Schenck-yglesias completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Step by step instructions and maps that you can save after each course assignment. Plus welcome advice from experts on the art of map-making.
  • Dendup Tshering
    Cartography helps us understand our place in the world, analyze positional relationships, and reflect on geography's effect on our daily lives. It's important to note that cartography deals in representations of the world: representations shaped by the...
  • Anonymous
    This was a great course and helps a lot in ArcGIS and map making skills. The course helps with showing different skills that can be used to make a map and the content of the course is easy to understand and the material have been very useful to help in learning different ways of making maps.
  • Anonymous
    This Cartography MOOC was super instructive and hands-on. As a newbie to the world of Cartography, I learned so much and never felt lost or confused. There is sufficient material and additional challenge exercises that someone with more experience can also learn and gain a lot from the course.
  • Anonymous
    Cartography offers engaging videos with opportunities for diverse, hands-on mapping exercises. The class forum offers students a dynamic platform to interact with instructors and with each other to share successes and troubleshoot challenges. Thank you, ESRI Cartography MOOC Team!
  • Anonymous
    It is very educative and well packaged. It can drag at the start but really ends with a bang. There is a lot to learn. This is a wonderful way to give back to the community. Great job ESRI. In Uganda we say, mwebale muno/mwebare munonga/mwebale nyo/apwoyo matek and many others.
  • Anonymous
    While the course if full of good information, videos are too chatty. I want substance, not banter.
    And now I am filling this with nothing because they require a minimum length of the review. This is forcing me to create the same chatty nothing that prompted the critique.
  • Anonymous
    This course is an incredible way to learn about cartography because it doesn't only teach cartography, but it also allows for students to grow a deeper interest through the sections of each week's video. I recommend that anyone interested in cartography with any level of experience gives this course a try.
  • Anonymous
    I would like to thank you for this useful and good course in clarifying cartography and the meaning of the map and its usefulness in describing geospatial data in a better and easier way. Thank you. Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    To cut the long story, this training is awesome if at all you want to become a better map maker or if you want to learn the important aspects of map making. try it and you will tell your own story
  • Anonymous
    It's a mature course with excellent exercises to put in practice all the basic concepts related to cartography. Also includes some advanced topics / features of ArcGIS Pro.
  • Anonymous
    I can't recommend this course enough. From covering the basics in modern cartography to offering hints of the power available to produce astounding maps, this course covers it.
  • Anonymous
    Not only was the course fun, but I learned a great deal about cartography. Ken, John and the others are very knowledgeable and give out great pointers and tips.
  • Anonymous
    Well, what is there to say: very good course setup and - materials, free software during the course and a very interesting subject as well.

    Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous
    The best cartography MOOC out there! The course is free, and ESRI provides you with a temporary license for ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS online.
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    José Santos Reyes Valera
    Buen curso para actualizarce en el uso del ArcGis PRo, y aprender nuevas cosas como trabajar con archivos en 3D

    Saludos !

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