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In my project I have a table full of residential properties by Parcel_ID. Table 2 is a TIGER streets shapefile. I would like to build a query in MS Access displaying all properties within a mile radius of my selected property from table 1.

project structure

My questions are :

  1. Should I use open-source postgis (spatial databases) and build this project in SQL 2008 to query off map location rather than tabular data?

  2. Or Should I use a FileGeodatabase to import the shape file into MS ACCESS?

Thanks for any help or reply,

PS - I have the shapefile loaded in ArcGIS explorer - but not sure how to export.

6/17/2012 update** I posted the state parcel tables below:

County Mapping Parcel Table
OBJECTID PARCEL_TAG PARCEL_I PARCEL_C LOTNUM SUBDIVISIO SUBDIVNUM STNUMBER PRE_DIR STREET_NAM SUFFIX SUF_DIR FULL_STNAM CITY COUNTY STATE TOWNSHIP ZIPCODE ESTSQFT BLOCK MODDATE STATUS SHAPE_AREA SHAPE_LEN | 1 1251683 8011477 8011477 7809 1723 4015 N KENWOOD AVE KENWOOD AVE INDIANAPOLIS MARION IN WASHINGTON 46208 5280 1004 **5279.952157* 343.9990607

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1. PostGIS will do all of the spatial calculations faster than any shape/geodatabase or MS Access file. Rather than ArcExplorer QGIS would be used to visualise your results direct form postgis –  Mapperz Jun 15 '12 at 13:53
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You could also consider putting your spatial and tabular data into sqlite/spatialite if you want to keep your data file based instead of installing server-side software. –  RyanDalton Jun 15 '12 at 15:59
    
To clarify, does your parcel table have a geometry column, or is it only attributes? If this is the case, then you will need to do geocoding as well as a simple select by distance query. –  Get Spatial Jun 15 '12 at 16:33
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Access is really the wrong tool for this. If you need it for generating reports, I'd suggest you put the data in sqlite/spatialite, create a view for the calculations you need and connect to the sqlite/spatialite db via ODBC. –  Sean Jun 16 '12 at 2:58
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Derrick: Regarding Get Spatial's question, can you clarify if the Parcel table is spatial or not? Does it have a geometry column? Lon/Lat coordinates? And another question: how will the Parcel table connect to the TIGER/line shapefile? I don't see any reference to Parcels in any of the TIGER data, unless I'm missing something? –  Micha Jun 16 '12 at 7:56
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