ESRI(R) ArcCatalog(TM) software, part of the suite of integrated applications in the ArcGIS(TM) Desktop, makes accessing and managing geographic data simple. You can easily find the data you need, quickly review and display its contents, and read or create documentation (metadata). You can also manage coverages, shapefiles, and other spatial data stored in folders on local disks or in relational databases that are available on your network.
With Using ArcCatalog, you can get to work right away. This book makes it easy to identify a task you need to perform and shows you how to--from basic to advanced--get it done.
You will learn how to:
Explore geographic data and its attributes.
View and create metadata.
Modify the data's properties.
Add and delete attributes.
Link geographic features to attributes stored in separate tables.
Begin by following the quick-start tutorial, which walks you through the typical tasks you will encounter when preparing your data for a project. It then shows how you can use ArcCatalog, ArcMap(TM), and ArcToolbox(TM) together to make your project a success. If you prefer, jump right in and experiment with ArcCatalog on your own. When you have questions, you will find concise, step-by-step answers inside, fully illustrated, to help you complete a task.