Introduction to Topic
From ESRI's Help:
"Geoprocessing is for
everyone that uses ArcGIS. Whether you're a beginning user or a pro,
geoprocessing will become an essential part of your day-to-day work with
purposes of geoprocessing are to allow you to automate your GIS tasks
and perform spatial analysis and modeling. Almost all uses of GIS
involve the repetition of work, and this creates the need for methods to
automate, document, and share multiple-step procedures known as
workflows. Geoprocessing supports the automation of workflows by
providing a rich set of tools and a mechanism to combine a series of
tools in a sequence of operations using models and scripts...." - ...READ MORE.
Why we're Covering it
Geoprocessing is what helps make you efficient in your spatial analyses. Whether its combining multiple tools into one using model builder, batch processing a large quantity of data, writing some simple Python scripts, or leveraging the functionality of the Results window, geoprocessing is what can help you move from a novice GIS user, to a highly proficient power user.
This topic supports primary learning outcomes
1, 2, 3 and 4 for the course.
Geoprocessing & Scripting
Geoprocessing in ArcGIS
Finding Existing Tools and Scripts
Geoprocessing with Model Builder
Plug-Ins are typically tool-bars that are installed externally and produced by someone other than ESRI, to work within ArcGIS.