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One of the most common problems that can occur when working with vector data is maintaining coincidence.
Maintaining coincidence between adjacent polygon features is important when modeling real word information in a GIS. There are a number of tools in ArcGIS 10 for Desktop that allow users to edit and create features that share boundaries, thus helping to eliminate gaps, slivers, and overlaps.
Map packages (.mpk) make it easy to share complete map documents with others. A map package contains a map document (.mxd) and the data referenced by the layers it contains, packaged into one convenient, portable file. Map packages can be used for easy sharing of maps between colleagues in a work group, across departments in an organization, or with any other ArcGIS users via ArcGIS online. Map packages have other uses, too, such as the ability to create an archive of a particular map that contains a snapshot of the current state of the data used in the map.
If you have ArcGIS 10 give packaging a try and here’s a tip:
Before packaging a map, be sure to enter descriptive information about it in the Map Document Properties dialog box. This information is built into the package and is accessible to others when you upload your map package into ArcGIS online. You can access this dialog box by clicking File > Map Document Properties on the main menu.
Packages make it easy to share your data with other geographic information system (GIS) professionals because the work of pulling together the selected data and zipping it into a single, convenient file is done for you automatically. People using ArcGIS® Desktop or the free ArcGIS Explorer desktop client can add your packaged data to their maps or globes easily with a couple of clicks. There’s no manual downloading, file management, or unzipping for them to perform. Symbolization, labeling, and other layer properties are preserved, so your intended users don’t have to do any additional steps to display and use your data.
For more on information on new ways to share your data with the ArcGIS community see this PDF
As the ArcGIS 10 seminars are wrapping up, I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that the content from the seminars is available online. Some really good information in the PDFs to help you be more productive with ArcGIS 10. You can also watch the ArcGIS 10 seminar on Esri Video.
By Caitlin Scopel, Esri Cartographic Product Engineer
In our last blog post, we talked about map packages and answered some of your questions about them. Now, you might be ready to use and share map packages. Here is a quick guide to help you get you started. Continue reading