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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Six Flags Locations by Country

The following map represents all of the Six Flags theme park locations in the world. Each theme park is symbolized by country; with yellow representing Canada, purple representing Mexico, and red representing the United States of America. By clicking on each location on the map, viewers can find out the Type (theme park or water park), Country, State/Province, City, Address, Phone Number, Website, and view the brochure map for each Six Flags. The purpose of the map is to be used for educational, and travel purposes. All of the data and photos used to create this map were gathered by Macee Doyle, from the official Six Flags website.

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Following is the directions of the assignment used to create this map:

  • Create a MS Excel spreadsheet of something you find interesting and reproduce what Charlie Fitzpatrick demos in this video

After selecting Six Flags as my topic, I began my research by finding all of the Six Flags locations. Provided on the website were the addresses for each Six Flags park. In order to easily map each theme park online, I began by converting each address into X,Y coordinates using an online converter. I inserted each longitude, latitude, and address into an excel spreadsheet. To make the map more informative, I also researched and added each Park Name, Type, Country, State/Province, City, Phone Number, Website, and Image into my excel spreadsheet data. After all of the data was collected and compiled, I uploaded the excel file onto ArcGIS Online. The longitude and latitude coordinates were used from the excel file to locate and mark each location onto a map. I then symbolized each location by Country. I also configured the information in the pop-up for each location, to display the image instead of the link, as well as eliminate some information I did not think was necessary to show the viewers in the pop-up. After completing all components of the map for this assignment, the map was saved and shared to the public.

Step-by-step instructions to construct a map on ArcGIS Online, similar to the one above, can be found below: 

   1.       Type all data into a blank Microsoft Excel sheet
a)      Make sure all columns have appropriate headings, and all information correctly corresponds with the matching heading
   2.       Click File in the upper left hand corner of the document
a)      Click ‘Save As’
b)      Type in the desired file name in the ‘File name:’ box
c)       Change the ‘Save as type:’ to CSV
d)      Click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the box
   3.       Go to
   4.       Sign in
   5.       Click Map
   6.       Click Add in the top left corner of the page
a)      Select ‘Add Layer From File’
b)      Click the ‘Choose File’ button
c)       Locate the saved document and select it
d)      Click ‘Open’ at the bottom of the box
e)      Click ‘Import Layer’
   7.       Once imported, the data from the Excel sheet will be represented on the ARC GIS online map
   8.       In order to view the entire table, click the arrow next to the file name under ‘Contents’ on the left hand side of the page
a)      Select ‘Show Table’
b)      The table will appear at the bottom of the screen
c)       Using this table, the data can be sorted by clicking on the individual headings at the top of the table
   9.       In order to classify the data based on symbology, click the arrow next to the file name under ‘Contents’ on the left hand side of the page
a)      Select ‘Change Symbols’
b)      Next to ‘Use:’ change to Unique Symbols
c)       Next to ‘To show:’ select which field you would like to classify by
d)      The color can be changed either by using the ‘Colors:’ option, or by double clicking the symbol next to the field’s name under Options
e)      All of the symbols can be changed by clicking the ‘Options’ button
i.                     Select Change All Symbols
ii.                   Choose the desired symbol, size and outline color
iii.                  Click ‘Done’
f)       Individual symbols can be changed by double clicking each symbol next to the fields name
g)      When all of the symbols are finished, click ‘Done Changing Symbols’
   10.   In order to configure the information in the pop up, click the arrow next to the file name under ‘Contents’ on the left hand side of the page
a)      Select ‘Configure Pop-Up’
b)      To select the title name, click the + symbol next to ‘Pop-Up Title’
i.                     Click on the desired field in order to select it
c)       In order to select which fields to show in the information window, click the ‘Configure Attributes’ link
i.                     Click to check off the boxes, under the ‘Display’ column, of the fields you would like to display in the information box (the names can be edited by clicking on the name under the Field Alias column)
ii.                   Click ‘Okay’ when complete
d)      In order to make an image appear as the image not a link, click ‘ADD’
i.                     Select Image
ii.                   Delete or change the desired title for the image in the ‘Title:’ box
iii.                  Click the + symbol next to the URL box
iv.                 Select which field contains the image URL
v.                   Click OK
e)      When finished, click the ‘Save Pop-Up’ at the bottom left hand corner of the screen
   11.   In order to change the name of the data set under the Contents section, click on the arrow next to the file name
a)      Select ‘Rename’
b)      Type in the desired name next to ‘Layer Name:’
c)       Click OK
   12.   In order to view all of the data on the map, click the arrow next to the file name
a)      Select ‘Zoom to’
   13.       In the upper right hand corner of the page, click Save As
a)      Create a tile for the map and type it in the ‘Title’ box
b)      Create Tags in the ‘Tag’ box to be able to easily access it once published
c)       If desired, write a brief summary about the map
d)      Click ‘Save Map’
   14.       In the upper right hand corner of the page, click Share
a)      Check the box ‘Everyone (public)
b)      Copy the ‘Link to this map’ link in order to have easy access back to this map
   15.       In order to edit the public information about the map, click on About under Details on the top left corner of the page
a)      Select the ‘More Details’ link
b)      Click ‘EDIT’
c)       Type a desired description for the map under the ‘Description’ section
i.                     In order to create a shortcut to your map, highlight the words you would like to be the link for the map
ii.                   Click the ‘Create Link’ icon
iii.                  Paste the map link in the ‘URL:’ box
iv.                 Click ‘Set’
d)      If desired, type a access description under the ‘Access and Use Constraints’ section
e)      In the ‘Credits’ box, type the authors that helped contribute to the map
f)       Click ‘SAVE’
   16.       In order to make a web application, go back to the map by clicking ‘Map’
a)      Click ‘Share’
b)      Select ‘Make A Web Application’
c)       Choose the desired template
i.                     To preview the map, click the arrow next to ‘Publish’ under the desired template
ii.                   Select ‘Preview’
iii.                  When a template is decided, click the arrow next to ‘Publish’ under the chosen template  
iv.                 Select ‘Publish’
v.                   If desired, edit any information in the share box
vi.                 Click ‘Save & Publish’
   17.       Click go to the item now link
   18.       Click ‘SHARE’
a)      Check the ‘Everyone’ box
b)      Click ‘OK’

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