As Nova Scotia schools under IEI or in P3 environments undertake the installation of ArcView 3.2, ArcVoyager and associated GIS data files, it is suggested that by following a standard practice, teacher/student instruction and solutions to common problems can be easier to accomplish later on.
It is recommended that the following practices be followed:
INSTALL ArcView 3.2 and ArcVoyager Special Edition
Install your ArcView 3.0 (Mac) or ArcView 3.2 (PC) program
on the hard drive of the local workstations (only
recommended option) NOTE: ArcView 3.0 (Mac) no
longer functions unless operating in a true OS 9 environment - i.e. before
If installed on the network (not recommended), then each workstation will need the workstation install, by going to the apps volume where the ArcView program was installed and running the setup.exe file from the drive letter:\ESRI\AV_GIS30\ARCVIEW\BIN32 folder.
If using ZenWorks, then have your technician following the existing protocols for your board/school to distribute the program to each workstation..
Once ArcView is installed on the local drive of the
workstations, then ArcVoyager Special Edition should
be installed as well. A link should be added to the desktop for
students using the following sample code: C:\ESRI\program\BIN32\arcview.exe
u:\ESRI\data\voyager.apr where C:\ is replaced
by the drive letter where you installed ArcView such as C if on your local
NOTE: the first time you run ArcView, it will prompt you for the school site registration ID number found on the original license agreement and master install CD. Use same one for all machines.
SET UP DATA DIRECTORY
Now you are ready to add the GIS datasets needed to
support curriculum in addition to the built in datasets already in ArcView
and ArcVoyager directories.
To do this work with your local network administrator or technician to create a new directory on the server's data volume labeled GISDATA with 1.5 to 2 gigs allocated, if possible. Create the same directory on the local hard drive data area where data files can be transferred for student work.
Then switch to NWAdmin or your network administration
First create a GISAdmin user with full rights (other than supervisor) to the GISDATA directory. You may also want to create a group if in a large school with several teachers using the program. These users will be the teachers who will add/delete GIS datasets as needed to support the school curriculum. Also as they are responsible for data security, they may want to limit this group to two individuals, a primary and a backup administrator. Use your group login script to map the GISDATA directory directly to a drive letter ( letter G is suggested, if possible) for this group.
Next create a GISUser and GISUser group with file scan, modify, and read rights to the GISDATA directory. Add only those students who need to access the GISDATA directory to the group. This will increase data security as only those students needing access to this GISDATA directory should be included. In your GISUser group login script, map the GISDATA directory to a drive letter ( letter G is suggested if possible) for easy location and use by students.
The previously created GISDATA directory on the server will be where all datasets get placed by the GISAdmin as students and classes need them. As such, the data CD-ROMs that come with the ArcView K-12 bundle need be installed as theses datasets can be added as needed by the school's GISAdmin. Teachers will have to plan ahead for data use, just as they do other school resources. If several classes are doing major projects, ensure that the drive space allocated is at least 1.5 to 2 gigs for GIS data. This will allow temporary copying of data CDs such as the ArcCanada two CDs to the GISDATA directory to allow full project work.
Create a new sub directory (folder) under GISDATA for your
class's lesson/topic that has been given a name that reflects the
curriculum lesson. Examples are acidrain or icestorm or tarponds as these
reflect the focus of the lesson. If copying
from already prepared sources such as CD's, always use the same folder
name as the existing folder (sub directory) name. Then
select the files needed from your data source. These sources of datasets
available are as follows:
All this is better shown in the
two tutorials, Using the LRT Support CD
Lessons and Using the ArcCanada
Data for Lessons
STUDENT USE of DATA FILES and PROJECTS
All student project files should be saved on their home
directory on the server or in a folder created on the local hard drive in
their name which is NOT overwritten if DeepFreeze is active.
If you must use local hard drives, then first create a
class folder, then the student folders. To ensure that all edits, projects
get saved to the correct student folder, ALWAYS have students set up
the WORKING DIRECTORY as soon as they begin any project. This will
ensure that the file paths always point to the location of all data files
in the GISDATA directory allowing teachers to run the projects as well
without need to modify the project file data location paths.
Students if expected to edit data in their lesson or in
their project, will need to copy these data files to their home folder. It
is highly recommend that they create two directories on their home
directory. One called GISDATA, the same as the network or hard drive
folder name for storing the GIS data sets. Then data would be copied as
required from the server GISDATA folder to the local workstation GISDATA.
The second folder called GISProjects would be their working directory and
where they would save all their personal ArcView files. This would
then be the place any edits to files get saved as well.
Finally if you have an existing project file as part of
the source directory being copied, then you will have to consult the Port-a-Project
utility instructions to tell the project file where the datasets
it used are now located. Don't copy the project file into the GISDATA sub
ENJOY and have FUN mapping !