Automating the Creation of Map Books with Data Driven Pages


A map book is a collection of pages printed or exported together. Many of the pages contain maps, but the book can also include title pages, overview maps, charts, graphs, tables, and other content.  The maps for the book typically contain a series of individual maps at large map scale that cover a larger geographic area.

Many organizations have a need to create these map books.  For example, a utility company might want to generate a map book detailing their assets across a service area. A map book for this utility company could include a series of maps, each at a large scale, along with a title page, and an overview map. These resources would then be joined together into a single document that could be printed or distributed as a pdf file.

ArcGIS provides all the tools you need to create map books in printed or Adobe PDF format.

mapbookAt its simplest, anyone can create a map book by manually printing a title page, then some map pages, and anything else they want to include in the compiled document. But this process is made more reasonable and efficient when software can automate the process. ArcGIS provides that capability through a combination of Data Driven Pages and arcpy.mapping Python scripts.

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Introduction to Map Books
  • Module 2: Map Book Types
    • Reference Series Map Book
    • Map Book with Title Page and Overview Map
    • Map Book with Ancillary Documents (Reports, Charts, Graphs, Tables)
    • Map Book with Facing Pages
    • Strip Map Book
    • Thematic Map Book
    • Reference Map Book with Insets
  • Module 3: Data Driven Pages
    • Introduction to the Data Driven Pages Toolbar
    • Creating Data Driven Pages
    • Creating the Grid Index Feature Layer
    • Supporting Geoprocessing Tools
  • Module 4: Creating the Layout Page
    • Sizing the Page
    • Using Dynamic Text
    • Page Definition Queries
  • Module 5: Updating and Exporting Your Map Book
  • Module 6: Automating the Process with Python (no Python experience required)

8 GISP Credit Hours

Course Formats and Pricing

Upcoming Sessions

March 13th - 24th

Our instructor guided, online classes are conducted through our online training platform.  All lectures are pre-recorded so that you can progress through the materials at your own pace.  The same applies to the exercises.  You will have access to the instructor via email, phone, or chat if you have questions or problems.  The instructor will be in weekly contact with the students in each class session.  Our goal is to get everyone through the materials during the session dates. However, access to the course materials never expires so if you don’t finish during the session dates you will still have access to the materials.

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Class will be held each day from 8:30 – 4:00 at the location provided above.

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Our live-online classes are conducted from 9:30 – 5:00 each day.  Classes are delivered via GoToTraining.  You will receive an email containing login instructions for the GoToTraining session on the Wednesday before class begins.

Available Anytime!

Our self-paced classes are delivered through our online training platform.  You will be emailed instructions for creating a login and activating your course.  All lectures are pre-recorded so you can progress through the course at your own pace.  The same applies to the exercise.  The course does not have an expiration date.

You can also register for classes using our registration form.

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