ESRI geodatabase is a particular database schema designed by ESRI for managing "layers", "versioning", "topology" and other ESRI application specific storage requirements.

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Open Source Tool capable of reading Esri File Geodatabase (.gdb)?

I have an ESRI File Geodatabase (.gdb) file that I would like to convert to shapefile (or any other non-proprietary format). Are there any Open Source tools to do so?
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How to migrate GDB data into PostGIS without ESRI apps?

Can you tell me how I can load geodatabase data into PostGIS without having to install ESRI apps? The solution I found online talked about using ArcGIS to convert GDB to SHP and then importing SHP to ...
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How to access file geodatabase in Qgis? [duplicate]

How does one access data from an Esri file geodatabase in Quantum GIS? I've seen snippets of conversation that indicate it's possible with qgis 1.7+ and gdal 1.9+ but no clear recipe. I recognize ...
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ArcCatalog 10.0 complains that spatial references don't match between a feature dataset and a feature class that have the same coordinate system?

I have a feature dataset that is using the GCS_WGS_1984 as the geographic coordinate system. It includes a few feature classes. This feature dataset is itself in a file geodatabase that contains a ...
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What are Esri Geodatabases?

What are the various formats/storage technologies which fall under the name Esri Geodatabase? What are the most important differences between them? and (briefly) what are the mainstream means to ...
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Versioning with ArcSDE - Is it possible to cancel or reject edits once they've been posted?

I am using ArcGIS 9.3.1 and attempting to work with an SDE geodatabase (with one polygon feature class) that has already been registered as versioned. I'm new to versioning and am still trying to ...
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What is the best practice for data management? [duplicate]

I have always been curious how other folks are storing their spatial data. Outside of an enterprise environment where much data is stored in enterprise geodatabases, is it better to store data per ...
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What is the easiest way to copy a domain(and only the domain) between Esri geodatabases?

Sometimes I have the need to copy a domain(s) from one geodatabase to another (without the featureclass or table). In the past, I have accomplished this in a few different ways, but each method is ...
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Bulk field rename in file geodatabase

I have a file geodatabase with several hundred feature classes in it. Some feature classes have a field that got named incorrectly, and it got named "SCHEMA_FEATURECLASS_ENTITY" instead of just ...
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How to compare schemas from two File geodatabases?

We have template geodatabase, which we send out to our regional Data creators. They update these geodatabases and digitize all the data from their region in the predefined featureclasses. Now that we ...
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How do you organize your geodata?

A geodatabase doesn't provide much flexibility in organizing your data hierarchically. All feature sets live either at the top level of the database, or one level down in feature datasets. A feature ...
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When is it safe to use ObjectIDs as keys in a relationship class?

I've always avoided using ObjectIDs when defining relationship classes. It is my understanding that some actions on a geodatabase will re-set objectIDs (like import/export). However I do see a lot ...
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Are personal geodatabases better suited for quickly querying indexed attributes than file geodatabases?

I'm preparing data for an ArcEngine application that queries the data to search for an address. Sometimes we search just on the street name field, just on the house number field, or both. When using ...
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Best practicies when employing a file geodatabase that is going to be used and edited by multiple users?

I have a file geodatabase that contains 3 feature classes in it and each feature class contains a lot of data that will be viewed and edited daily by 6 other users. I am looking for any advice from ...
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What is the difference between FID and OID

What is the main difference between OID and FID in ESRI software?
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Performance - using multiple file geodatabases as opposed to one

I'm trying to decide the best way to organize my data for an ArcEngine application. I am particularly interested in map display and query speed. Currently I have all of my data separated into separate ...
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Character encoding support in geodatabases and shapefiles

I've got several geodatabases that include feature classes with Greek letters in a lot of the attributes. When I try exporting a feature class as a shapefile from ArcCatalog, the attributes are ...
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How to import esri Personal Geodatabase (.mdb) to PostGIS on Linux

We have esri Personal Geodatabases that we need to import into PostGIS. Ultimately, we'd like to allow people to upload an MDB on a web server, and have it import the layers into PostGIS. On ...
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What is the proper way to backup an ESRI File Geodatabase that is published to ArcGIS Server?

I have an ESRI file geodatabase (v10) that is published to an arcgis server map service. When the service is running, the fGDB is locked. Do I need to stop the service to get a clean backup? Or, is ...
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How to list feature classes with active “attribute domains”?

I have an Esri file geodatabase with attribute domains defined. I need to delete some of the attribute domains but can't because "The domain is used by an attribute rule.". How might I discover which ...
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How to reorder fields (permanently) in a file geodatabase

Using ArcGIS 10.0, is it possible to reorder the fields in a file geodatabase, and have the order persisted to the database? We considered exporting to XML, and writing a parser to change the field ...
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manipulate file geodatabase like an access personal geodatabase?

Is there any way to interface with features, but more specifically their attributes, in a file geodatabase like you can in a personal geodatabase? Frequently I will just open a personal geodatabase ...
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How to get the size of a file geodatabase feature class on disk?

Is there a simple way to determine the amount of hard drive space a feature class takes up? I feel like I'm missing something simple, but I don't recall a method that does so. You would think that ...
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Differences between Raster Dataset, Raster Catalog, and Raster Mosaic

I have about 40 scanned, colorful Geology maps that are GeoTiffs. I want to bring them into an Esri FileGeodatabase to lower their size, combine them as one and display them with a mostly transparent ...
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Is it possible to maintain primary keys on versioned featureclasses without arcobjects code?

Since it is not a good idea to use ObjectIDs as primary keys in relationships, some other column will need to be used. Is it possible to use DBMS sequences to populate primary key columns in ...
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How do I change the data source for all layers in an MXD?

I have an MXD. It connects to about 30 layers in one of our SDE databases. I want to change the SDE database they connect to. Is there a way to do this without having to right-click every layer and ...
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How do you create 9.3 version of a geodatabase in ArcMap 10?

Under the What's new for geodatabases in ArcGIS 10 Esri talks about an optional parameter that allows you to create a 9.3 GDB [GeoDataBase] in version 10. I can not find any other info. Any help on ...
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ArcGIS fails to import all records from huge CSV file to file geodatabase table despite being within FGDB table size limits

I'm using ArcGIS 10.0 on Windows 7 64-bit with 4GB of RAM. I have some very large tables in CSV format to import to ArcGIS, they all have about 30 fields, upwards of 5 million records per table (a ...
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How to mirror two geodatabases on the fly?

I'm new to arcgis and its applications. We have the full suite of arcgis solutions (arcgis server, desktop, arcgis sde) We have a requirement... geodatabase (A & B) A & B reside on 2 ...
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Issues with large datasets

I am trying to run an Intersect process in arcgis 10 sp 3 with 2 file sets (aspect and slope) from up to a 1m DEM across an area of 65,000sq km. The aspect has 9,930,384 records and the slope has ...
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Is there a fast way to copy large raster datasets between File Geodatabases?

Why does it take so long to copy a large raster dataset from one file geodatabase to another? I can copy the entire database in windows explorer in minutes but copying a single raster in ArcCatalog ...
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How to perform Full Text Search of Esri geodatabase?

How would you go about searching the contents of features, the values in the attribute columns, in an Esri geodatabase? (preference for file-gdb, but SDE would be useful too.) I can envisage workflow ...
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Exporting arcgis features with attachments

Arcgis 10 features the new ability to add attachments to individual features to feature classes stored in a geodatabase. One use of this would be to add multiple pictures to a specific location, fire ...
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How to efficiently (programmatically) determine whether two datasets have / don't have identical content?

Given: a geodatabase A that contains 100 datasets named a1 .. a100 a geodatabase B that contains 100 datasets named b1 .. b100 I want to programmatically (*) determine for each dataset pair (ai, ...
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Issues Accessing ESRI File Geodatabase within Quantum GIS Desktop

I am trying to access ESRI file gdb from Quantum GIS. I am on Windows 7, 64-bit. I have found many useful threads on how to set up this functionality within Quantum GIS. The method I went for is ...
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What qualifications should an auditor have if they plan on auditing a GIS?

Background summary: Various systems are being audited and GIS is the next to be audited. The initial kick-off for the audit was a meeting between me and a single auditor. Initially, I thought it was ...
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How to import/export geographic information (gml or csv file) to geodatabase?

I am searching for C#/Java libraries that can import and export geographic information (gml/csv file formats) from and to geodatabases. If not yet available, is there other way to do this task? Any ...
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Automatic batch update a file geodatabase from shapefiles

Every week I need to update the same shapefiles that are used to produce up to date maps. The files are downloaded from 3 different web-servers. The thing I want to do is to have a script that can ...
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FileGDB open API and tools based on it

As we know esri shared their library which makes it possible to work with FileGDB format without using ArcObjects. So the question is what kind of applications could be created in order to help GIS ...
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To Use or Not to Use Relationship Classes?

I am building a government database from a massive amount of data. Now I am following the standard approach of the ESRI Local Government Data Model, but modified to fits the needs and wants of a ...
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Trouble importing Feature Classes into Feature Datasets

I'm sure there must be a simple reason for this but I can't seem to be able to import a shp file or a feature class from another file or sde geodatabase into a Feature Dataset without getting an ...
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.Net Solution Structure for ArcObjects and Geodatabase programming

OK - I understand that this is a bit subjective - but you're the best community forum I've got! So, we are talking about starting a fresh customisation for ArcGIS or a Windows app using Engine. I ...
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What is a good way to share a GeoDatabase over the internet?

I've got a large, greater than 10 GB, File GeoDatabase on a remote server. I created this GeoDatabase some time ago and am looking to have local access to it. Now I can't simply burn it to a disk or ...
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How to create a 9.3 file geodatabase with ArcObjects SDK for ArcGIS 10?

In ArcGIS 10 I could use the Create File GDB geoprocessing tool to create a 9.3 file geodatabase or the Create Personal GDB geoprocessing tool to create a 9.3 personal geodatabase. But I cant't find a ...
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Changing a coded Domain to no codes

If we have coded domains in the geodatabase model, what are any disadvantages to changing the codes to the Description. For example: Existing Coded Domain: Code, Description 1, Single Family ...
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How to apply schema changes on Esri geodatabase two-way replica set?

I have an Esri geodatabase two-way replica set. I need to update the schema on both databases in the replica set. Esri describes doing this using ArcGIS schema tools (compare/export/import replica ...
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Creating geodatabase from CSV using python

I have a file with weather data (daily) for multiple weather stations for multiple years. I am looking for some python script to automate the database creation process and its interpolation on a daily ...
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Running ARCgis 9.3.1 and 10.0 on the same machine

I have the full installation Media for 10 (9.3/SQL05 already loaded). And two editor licenses (one loaded and a new license file). What manner of wizardry is involved in getting around the conflict ...
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Count number of attributes for unique field values

Running ArcGIS 10.1, I have two feature classes in a geodatabase. One is a point FC for polling stations, the other is a polygon FC for states. The polling station FC contains over 1000 points and ...
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difference between Simple and Attributed relationship classes?

In the esri geodatabase, what is the difference between Simple and Attributed relationship classes?