Our agency has collabrated with six townships and one city for preparing an inventory of stormwater network.
We are using ArcGIS 10 (2 ArcView licenses) and ArcPad 7.1 (stuck with it since our Mobilemapper CX is running on Windows CE). We are using ESRI File based Geodatabase (chose it because it allows multiple readers and one editor per feature datasets and it has one feature dataset for every political subdivision). We have finished 25% of the project.
My primary concerns are:
a) We cannot edit same feature dataset at a time. Mostly, my intern and I collect and edit data for same area/region at a time.
b) Collecting data in the field is not efficient enough since we cannot see each others edits. (using ArcPad Data Manager)
c) Sharing data with client is not a smooth task (converting the data into KML format so that it can be viewed on ArcGIS Explorer).
I understand that the solution to my problem is ArcSDE and ArcGIS server but we don't have funding. We want to finish the project ASAP. Please recommend a workflow and open source software where we can work and share the data with clients more efficiently.