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39980149 MapInfo Tutorial

39980149 MapInfo Tutorial

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Published by: Giuseppe Carnemolla on Feb 07, 2011
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MapInfo Tutorial
This tutorial is intended as a starting point for users who are new to MapInfo.
Hints and important points are highlighted throughout the tutorial.
Background information about Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is included wherenecessary, referenced by this symbol.
Throughout the tutorial, menu commands are shown in the following format:Menu > Item, withintermediate submenus where necessary.
It is recommended that the sections are studied in the order by following the pages.
The Mapping Wizard Tool is a user friendly way to import data, create a map and publish the mapall in one. This wizard duplicates tasks which are discussed separately in other stages of thetutorial, and is referenced by this symbol:
Section One: Getting Started
Part One: About MapInfoWhat is MapInfo?
MapInfois a commercially available Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software package. Usingthe familiar Windows Icons Menus Pointer (WIMP) Graphical User Interface (GUI), it allows the user toimport geographically referenced data and to create thematic maps of different variables.
Basic GIS:
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) were defined by Burrough (
) as "a powerful set of tools for collecting, storing, retrieving, transforming and displaying spatial data from the real world." GIS include "adatabase system in which most of the data are spatially indexed" (Smith et al,
), and these data maybe displayed as tables or maps in GIS software packages such as MapInfo.Geographical Information Systems may be either 'raster', i.e. a continuous surface stored as cells, or 'vector', stored as discrete point, line and polygon objects with attached attributes. MapInfo is a vector based GIS.
single data locations, with an x and y co
connections between two points. A point may be seen as a line with only one set of x and y co
Polygons, or regions
a closed area composed of points which are joined by lines.
the text attached to any point, line or polygon entity. This may be an address for a pointrepresenting a house, a name for a line representing a road, or a land use type for a region representinga forest.2
Section One: Getting Started
Part One: About MapInfoRaster:Vector:

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