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Using a Free GIS247 Account

Free GIS Courses

Note that this "How To" page refers to the Free Courses: instructions on "How To Use the Full Courses" are available here.

GIS247 provides access to a full range of training courses and a series of modules to accommodate different user levels on how to use the ArcGIS and/or MapInfo software.

Your Free Account gives you access to 2 sections (presentations & exercises) taken from 2 of the training courses that are available on GIS247. These sections should give you a good idea of the set-up of GIS247 and how the various training material is accessed. Two presentations from the GIS Essentials section of the site are also available: the GIS Essentials section is available to ALL licenced users of GIS247 in addition to the courses for their chosen software.

There are different versions of the free GIS courses available for the different versions of the GIS software. It is recommended that you access the free course for the software version you are using.

Access to the Free courses is via the Training Catalog.
1) Click on the Training Catalog tab at the top of the GIS247 site.
2) On the Training Catalog, there are tabs; Courses, Modules, Free Stuff & GIS Essentials. Click on the Free Stuff tab.
3) Choose the version of the free course for the version of the software you use. You will then be able to read about the course and see the course's datafile. The Course Sections for the chosen course are also listed.
4) You will need to download and install the free datafile (onto your computer which has the ArcGIS and/or MapInfo software). The Free Data file is a zip file that contains the data required to undertake the free exercises. Click on the Free Data link to download (Open or Save) the zip file. The data in this file must be extracted appropriately. Instruction on extracting the data and other contents of the datafile are under the Free Data Extraction Instructions heading at the bottom of this page.
5) Click on the Free Section that you want to view. In the free section is an Assets bar. This Assets bar holds the key assets: Free Presentations and Free Exercise.

Click on a Free Presentation and the presentation software will open. Don't forget to turn on your speakers or connect your headphones to hear the audio that comes with the presentation.

Once the presentation has been viewed you can do the free exercise. The exercises can be viewed as a PDF document on screen or printed. We recommend that you install (for free) the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from www.adobe.com/reader to ensure that you can read the exercise PDFs correctly. Click on a Free Exercise icon to open the PDF document.

Each asset icon has a dot next to it. All dots are red to start. Once you have viewed/used an asset, the dot will turn green. These dots act as a visual reminder to indicate which assets you have accessed. Of course you are able to re-run the presentations and use the other assets as many times as you wish.

Free Data Extraction Instructions
There are separate instructions for extracting the data for ArcGIS and for MapInfo.


ArcGIS Free Data Extraction Instructions
Click on the Free Data link and either Open or Save the zip file to your computer. The file is approximately 8MB.

Extract the data from the zip file. The file can be extracted to any root partition (e.g. C:) but must be extracted using folder names. This is essential for the exercise to work.

You can extract the data from the datafile in 2 ways:

1. Using Windows XP/Vista native extraction
To do this, just browse to the downloaded datafile in Windows Explorer. Right-click the datafile and choose Explore. The top directory in the datafile (GIS247) will be displayed. Simply click and drag this directory to your preferred root drive - when you release the mouse button, the data in the file will be extracted (restoring directories in the file automatically) to your chosen root drive.

2. Using a zip utility
Double-click the zip file and your chosen zip utility should open the file (alternatively, right-click the file, choose Open With and choose your zip utility from the list of programs). Click the utility's Extract option, browse to your preferred root directory and make sure that the 'use folder names' option is enabled. This will extract the data to the correct sub-directories.

Whichever method you use to extract the data from the datafile, you will need 15MB of disk space for the ArcGIS free data.
NOTE: Make sure that you extract the data to the root of your chosen partition – i.e. if you are extracting the data to drive D, ensure that you extract to D: not to a sub-directory of D:

Once the content of the zip file has been extracted, you will end up with the following structure on your root directory:

If you extracted to the root of D: the sub-directories MyDirectory, TrialData and TrialMaps will be located under D:/GIS247/TrialArcGIS



MapInfo Free Data Extraction Instructions
Click on the Free Data link and either Open or Save the zip file to your computer. The file is approximately 4MB.

Extract the data from the zip file. The file can be extracted to any root partition (e.g. C:) but must be extracted using folder names. This is essential for the exercise to work.

You can extract the data from the datafile in 2 ways:

1. Using Windows XP/Vista native extraction
To do this, just browse to the downloaded datafile in Windows Explorer. Right-click the datafile and choose Explore. The top directory in the datafile (GIS247) will be displayed. Simply click and drag this directory to your preferred root drive - when you release the mouse button, the data in the file will be extracted (restoring directories in the file automatically) to your chosen root drive.

2. Using a zip utility
Double-click the zip file and your chosen zip utility should open the file (alternatively, right-click the file, choose Open With and choose your zip utility from the list of programs). Click the utility's Extract option, browse to your preferred root directory and make sure that the 'use folder names' option is enabled. This will extract the data to the correct sub-directories.

Whichever method you use to extract the data from the datafile, you will need 6.2MB of disk space for the MapInfo free data.
NOTE: Make sure that you extract the data to the root of your chosen partition – i.e. if you are extracting the data to drive D, ensure that you extract to D: not to a sub-directory of D:

Once the content of the zip file has been extracted you will end up with the following structure on your root directory:

If you extracted to the root of C: the sub-directories MyDirectory, TrialData and TrialWorkspaces will be located under C:/GIS247/TrialMapInfo
NOTE: For version 10.0, the directory will be C:/GIS247/TrialMapInfo10

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