ESRI CONSERVATION DATA MANAGER
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CDM-ArcView MAIN PROJECT SCREEN
CDM-ArcView MAIN VIEW
VIEWING LINKED DATA
LINKED TEXT FILES
LINKED SPECIES LISTS
LINKING TO FOXPRO
To start the Conservation Data Manager you will need to start both the ArcView project and the related Foxpro CDM application. (Install instructions are in Appendix A)
To start the ArcView Project: - Start ArcView - Go to File menu and select "OPEN" - use the file selector to move to the "\aecp" subdirectory - select the "##gis" directory desired, i.e. "npgis" National Park Service project "casgis" California Academy of Sciences project "asgis" Assateague Island NBS Veg Mapping project - open the "###x.apr" arcview project file desired, i.e. "npsx.apr", "casx.apr" - ArcView will then open and build relationships between all coverages and tables specified in this view. The more tables and table relationships defined, the longer this will take.
Specific ArcView views available in this distribution are described below. ArcView implements the concept of a view as a set of geographic databases with specific symbologies, map displays, database tables, charts and other documents grouped together and managed within a single project file.
The following examples show views of US National Parks data, including data sources and standards suggested by the Protected Areas Data Unit at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, England. This view shows point locations for all parks and boundaries for larger parks. Different versions of the point layer are linked to photos, videos, text from the NPS Gazetteer, and species lists from the NPFLORA and NPFAUNA databases created by Dr. James Quinn at the University of California, Davis. The Quads layer shows outlines for all the 24k topo quad sheets in and around each park.
The main screen shows the basic elements of an ArcView project. By clicking once on the "Views" icon in the upper left of the "npsx.apr" project window shown you can see the list of available views. The "US Parks Project" view is the main national view for this project. Note that there are 4 menus available, "File", "Project", "Window" and "Help", along with 2 buttons, save and help.
Once any view is called, the menus and buttons at the top change to show all the new functions available for the map graphic shown. Most of the buttons are standard ArcView buttons and their function and use is covered in the standard ArcView materials. The buttons at the far left, however, are CDM functions and are described below:
The Foxpro-call button with start up the standalone Fox CDM application corresponding to the current ArcView view/project and direct it to jump to the record corresponding to the currently selected geographic feature of the currently selected theme.
The Foxpro-jump button will jump to the active Foxpro CDM session at whatever point you left it. This button is used to return to an active Foxpro CDM session after you have called ArcView to show a map.
The Tag All button will tag all currently highlighted/selected features in the currently active theme so that they can be examined in Foxpro. These are permanent tags in the attribute table so they can be examined in a later Foxpro session, or in another PC ARC/INFO session or in an ArcView 1 session.
The next row of buttons are called "tools" since they do not activate by just clicking on the button alone. To activate them you must also click within the view window or on any geographic feature in the active theme after clicking the button. The first few are CDM tools as follows:
"M" is the multimedia manual play button. It is normally activated automatically from any multimedia theme such as "Park Photos" or "Park Videos" once that theme is made the active theme and any feature is clicked.
"R" is the image registration tool, used to adjust the size and position of photo view buttons within any view. It is not needed during normal operation.
The map pin button is the Lat-Lon generator. If you open any table containing the fields "Lat" and "Lon", and then open a view, then click on this tool, it will generate the lat-lon of any point you click on in the map and enter those values directly into the currently-selected record of the table. This is useful for creating point locations in standalone databases which have only general place-name descriptions which you can interpret from a basemap view. For example if you have a location described as "1.5 miles south of Willow at the Davis River crossing of Route 28" you can navigate around your basemap to this location, click it, and itÝs lat-lon will be generated and posted into the "Lat" and "Lon" fields of that record. The input values in the map coordinate units and the corresponding Lat-Lon values to be posted will be presented to you before posting.
In the legend at the right of the map window you will also see several examples of custom CDM symbols used to display sites for which photos, videos, text or other linked taxonomic lists exist and can be displayed. You can see the linked data by doing the following: - Click once on the legend entry to activate that theme - Click once in the check box window of that theme to display it (i.e. the "Parks" theme) - The hot link button should turn black i.e. to show it is active. Click it once. Your pointer will now change to a lightning bolt to indicate you are in hot link mode. - Click on any of the symbols visible in that theme to see the linked data. Note that it is the sharp point of the lightning bolt that has to be positioned over the point symbol in order to select it. Otherwise you will hear a beep.
Photos will display in their own window as shown above. You can click once anywhere on the photo to dismiss it. You can click on the photo title to resize it or move it if you don't want to dismiss it right away. Some photos may have an audio narration track associated with them, and if so this narration will start automatically once the photo is displayed and play to completion.
Video clips will display in their own window as shown above. Most clips are 10 to 20 seconds in length. The video window will disappear automatically once the clip is finished playing. You must have Microsoft Video for Windows installed in order to see videos (this is already included as standard software in most desktop computers or Windows installations). Furthermore, the CDM routines assume that the standalone executable MPLAYER.EXE will be in your c:\windows directory, the default installation directory. (You can place a copy there if you have installed it elsewhere).
While playing, mplayer presents the following control panel underneath the playing movie: You can press the square button to halt the video, you can press the arrow button to play, and you can manually position the slider to any point in the video. While playing or halted, you can move or resize the video window. Most videos are compressed so that they look best at the size they originally appear. To conserve disk space, most videos are resampled to a frame rate of 5 to 10 frames per second accounting for the occasional jumpy motion during playback. (Full rates of 25-30 frames per second would require 3-6 times the disk space).
The text theme will show text symbols for all features that have a text file linked to them. Clicking on any symbol will open a text editing window with the ASCII text file displayed. Scroll up and down or side to side in the text file using the slider bars at the right and bottom. You can resize the text window at any time by clicking and dragging anywhere along the window border. Dismiss the text window using the "-" box at the upper left of the text window. Photos will display in their own window as shown above. You can click once anywhere on the photo to dismiss it.
Themes with names like "Park Flora" or "Park Fauna" represent features linked to taxonomic lists using 1-many relationships. For Fauna, open the "botnmprk" table in the main project "Tables" section. Select any of the parks for which a flora symbol (flower) is displayed. All of the plants occurring in that park will then be selected from the displayed "botnmprk" table and promoted to the top of the table where you can see them. Any succeeding park selection will promote that parkÝs flora to the top of the list.
The Species Selector is a tabular-oriented function to show all parks containing a specified species. Go to the main project "Tables" section and open the "Park Flora Selector" table. Then click the table query tool: to open the query builder window (shown in the center). Double-click on the "Latinname" field name, then double-click the "=" symbol to set up the first part of the query in the window at lower left. Finally, type in the latin name desired, i.e. "Abies concolor" in the remaining space in the window and click the "New Set" button to select all the parks containing "Abies concolor" in their species list. Once selected, these parks will appear in yellow on the list and their locations will be highlighted in yellow on the map as shown. You can click the promote button: to shift all selected parks to the top of the list. The selector is set up by creating an ArcView link between the parks point coverage attribute table and the "botnmprk" table on the parkcode item. "Botnmptk" is a master list of species found in each park derived from the NPS NPFLORA database.
The Multimedia Tutorial theme shows a series of video clip titles arranged in order of top-to-bottom and left-to-right, starting with the "Introduction" clip at upper left, followed by the "Natural History" clip below, and ending with the "Cal. Native Plant Society" clip at lower right. These clips tell a background story about the role of GIS and applications like the Conservation Data Manager in conservation science research. The project specific clips at the end describe the kinds of data sources used to prepare those projects.
If you select a single feature in a theme where Fox linking has been enabled, you can click on the Foxpro-call button to go to Foxpro and jump to the tabular records for that selected feature. (A theme is linked to Foxpro when "Callfox" is set as the hotlink script, and the main record identifier is set as the label field). If you have spatially selected a number of features and you wish to see them all in Foxpro, you must first use the button to tag your features. If you are in foxpro you can use the ArcView button to see a map of all features in any list, such as the list of parks containing Agastache urtricifolia showing at lower left and indicated in yellow in the ArcView window.
February 6, 1998