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Previous blog posts have introduced you to data driven pages and product library but referred to them as separate, standalone tools. In this blog I’d like to show you how to use product library to manage your data driven pages. Now you might be asking why I would want to store my data driven pages in product library. Remember, product library helps you enforce and standardize your map production processes by centrally managing all of your production related information such as business rules, documents, workflows, and spatial information. By storing your data driven pages in product library you can take advantage of product library’s capabilities such as search, history tracking, check-in and check-out capabilities, permissions, and so forth.
In the following steps I’ll walk you through a basic workflow for importing and managing a US State map book in product library.
1. In ArcCatalog, create a new file geodatabase.
2. In ArcMap, add the Production Cartography toolbar and click the Product Library window button.
We all know managing spatial data, map products, and documents are critical to the success of any GIS work being performed. When producing many versions of your map documents and outputs, current databases and file systems are not well equipped to simultaneously manage these. And it can be a daunting task to manage changes to these files, including knowing which version is the latest and being able to access historical versions if necessary. Also, conflicts may arise when files are not centrally managed which can compromise a schedule or budget, introduce unnecessary risks, and jeopardize the success of your work. Typically, you would use the geodatabase for spatial data storage and management, SharePoint for document management, and maybe a file server for your map product management. If you’re looking for one tool that could do all of these and more, you are reading the right blog post!