Getting started with ArcGIS

I am 100% new to ArcGIS and I am feeling more than lost. I have found quite some tutorials on the web but they do not really help me - they explain nicely how to analyse perfectly prepared data and maps. But the dirty work to me seems completely uncovered. What I would like to do is the following

  • For my country I have a Stata dataset on individuals and postcodes
  • My second Stata dataset contains measurements and their coordinates
  • For each individual I would like to know inverse weighted average distances to the x closest measurements

I guess ArcGIS is well suited for this. I managed to load a proper basemap and a layer containing postcodes. Now I face the following questions and I do not really know where to begin. How do I have to format my Stata-files? In which format (dbase, personal geodatabase… ) do those data have to be? I'm very willing to work my way through, but I just have no idea where to start. Do you have some reference to a tutorial or so where such topics are covered - and not just how to change a color? Thanks a lot!

This is joining data to your basemaps using Postcodes:

Take your Stata dataset and make sure it is a format that ArcMap can read. Typically, I use either a CSV file or an Excel spreadsheet. If your basemap has postcodes, you can join your Stata dataset to the basemap and add those attributes to each feature of the basemap. Then you can go ahead and try doing the spatial analysis (make sure you have the right license) on your data.

Follow the directions Here to learn about joining tables in ArcMap. It is pretty simple. Also, you would need to make sure your table is 'clean' to go into ArcMap. It can get a bit picky at times. If you have a specific problem that comes up when you're trying to join, post an update and a sample of your data.

Dealing with your individual information:

For the table that has individual information, do you have coordinates for each person? I am assuming you're referring to individuals by houses or something? If you are trying to create points for each individual then do some spatial analysis on each individual point instead of just joining to the Postcodes, you need to create a layer for that. If this is the case do you have coordinates/addresses/etc for these points? The next step would depend on what type of coordinates you have for individuals.

Provide a little more information about your data, and we can make things happen.

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Installation is complete. If you're a new user, start ArcMap and begin with a tutorial. If you're an existing user, see What's new in ArcMap.

ArcGIS Pro user interface

The main parts of the ArcGIS Pro interface are the ribbon, views, and panes. For a hands-on introduction, try the Introducing ArcGIS Pro quick-start tutorial.


ArcGIS Pro uses a horizontal ribbon at the top of the application window to display and organize functionality into a series of tabs. Some of these tabs (core tabs) are always present. Others (contextual tabs) appear when the application is in a particular state. For example, a set of contextual Feature Layer tabs appears when a feature layer is selected in the Contents pane.

The Quick Access Toolbar has commonly used commands.

The Explore tool is used to navigate maps and scenes and identify features through pop-ups.

Ribbon tabs, such as the Analysis tab, organize functionality. When a tab is selected, its associated tools display on the ribbon.

Dialog box launchers open panes or dialog boxes with more functionality.

Groups organize functionality on a ribbon tab.

Contextual tab sets and their associated tabs appear under specific conditions. Contextual tab sets are highlighted in a color such as orange or green.

Buttons and tools execute software actions.

You can right-click a tool on the ribbon to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar.


Views are windows for working with maps, scenes, tables, layouts, charts, reports, and other presentations of data. A project may have many views, which can be opened and closed as needed. Several views can be open at the same time, but only one is active.

A map view is a window that displays a map.

Every view has a tab that can be used to close the view or drag it to a different position. The tab of the active view is blue. Clicking a view tab makes the view active.


A pane is a dockable window that displays the contents of a view (the Contents pane), the contents of a project or portal (the Catalog pane), or commands and settings related to an area of functionality, such as the Symbology and Geoprocessing panes.

Panes offer functionality that is more advanced or complete than ribbon commands. Panes may have rows of text tabs and graphical tabs that partition and organize functionality.

Some panes have more than one page. Use the Back button to switch pages.

Text-based primary tabs, such as Gallery and Properties , partition the pane's functionality.

Graphical secondary tabs partition the functionality of a primary tab.

Expanders are small arrows that you click to show or hide settings.

The Menu button contains additional commands.

Handles allow you to resize areas of a pane by dragging. Handles can be horizontally or vertically oriented.

The first time you open ArcGIS Pro , the Contents and Catalog panes are open, and all other panes are closed. If you've used ArcGIS Pro before, the same panes that were open during your last session remain open the next time you start the application.

You can manage panes on the View tab of the ribbon. In the Windows group, click Contents or Catalog Pane to open these panes if they are closed. Click Reset Panes to choose a specific pane configuration.

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On the Settings page, you can perform basic file operations and configure the application. The Settings page can be accessed in two ways:

  • From an open project, click the Project tab on the ribbon.
  • From the ArcGIS Pro start page, click Settings in the lower left corner.

Click the tabs on the left side of the page to access the settings you want to change.

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