Create a Project and add data 2.3.13

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This exercise is included in the tutorial: GeoAgro for Conservation Activity Planning, Using GeoAgro GIS
GeoAgro GIS allows you to organize information into groups of layers called "projects". Whenever you initialize the system, the Projects Panel will appear and you will be able to create a new project, subproject or open an existing one. We will also review how to add initial data to your project area, using


In this exercises you'll learn how to create a new project and then add a preconfigured dataset. Finally there's a section to aid you to explore this information.

Exercise 01 - Create a project

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Start GeoAgro GIS by double clicking on its icon at your desktop;
You may also run it by using the Windows® Start menu.

The system starts showing the Projects Panel

Click on Create, and in the following dialog define a name for the project, for instance: Sample Farm Iowa (since we will be working with a Customer Folder in Iowa)


The program then asks if you want this project involves agricultural activity, to which you will respond clicking on Yes


Note Note: If you do not see the project, please expand the project tree by clicking on the "+" symbol next to the root of it.

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Exercise 02 - Add data for your area

To add data for your area, you can download a dataset for your State, and import it into the recently created project. You may download available State datasets from this Link. For this learning guide, we will follow the steps for a farm project in Iowa:

  • Download the Iowa Dataset and save it to a known location in your disk
  • Use the Restore backup Image:GIS_gis_Edit_09_01.jpg tool to import the dataset into your project.
  • Once imported, double click on the States layer, to see the entire State

Your screen should look like this

Screenshot - Click here to see it full size

You may later on add resources information such as imagery, soils, topo, HUCs, or other layers, following the steps detailed in Adding resources information to your project

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Exercise 03 - Navigating your map and Working with layers

To start working with your map, we recommend reviewing the following features