Interoperability is the ability of one piece of software to work with another bit of software; either by having a common understanding of standards, or by using common data formats.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

78
votes
20answers
71k views

How to convert between KML and Esri's shapefile (SHP) format?

My users are sending me point data that were digitized using GoogleEarth. How can I convert their KML to a shapefile?
28
votes
10answers
8k views

Seeking options for Spatial ETL (Extract, Transform, Load)?

I am interested in the pro's and con's of various spatial ETL (extract, transform, load) tools. If you have used the items listed here (or add your own), please share your opinions and experiences. ...
17
votes
2answers
10k views

How to Import SVG into GIS?

I have a PDF file, with a Map as a vector graphic. I want to get this into GIS. (I use ESRI's ArcGIS, but any FOSS solution is also fine). I know that it is not possible to directly get the PDF into ...
9
votes
1answer
410 views

What are the differences between the OGC and ISO WKT/WKB specification?

Are the OGC-Simple feature access and the ISO (ISO/IEC 13249-3:2011 "Information technology - Database languages - SQL multimedia and application packages - Part 3: Spatial") significantly different ...
7
votes
5answers
5k views

Export a Sketchup Model to ArcGIS's Multipatch?

I have a very large model made in Google Sketchup v 7.1. I would like to export this to a Multipatch featureclass, so that I can view it in ArcScene, with other 3D data. I have tried several things, ...
6
votes
4answers
643 views

Is there a universal map/ layer format?

Just wondering if there is a universal map format that all GIS software can read. ie to quickly share layers with all our partner agencies which have different GIS Software, rather than have to ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

How to transfer styles from QGIS to ArcGIS?

We have a QGIS project that has symbols for a lot of different lines. Data comes from a geodatabase that is accessible to both QGIS and ArcGIS. We now want to use the symbology of the QGIS project to ...
5
votes
0answers
376 views

Plugin Workspace: when to close an OleDbDataReader?

I'm developing a plugin workspace for ArcGIS. Internally, the plugin uses an OleDBconnection. All of the sample code I see seems to stress the importance of closing and disposing the connection. ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

ArcGIS Server 10 and Desktop 9.3 interoperability?

I want to install ArcGIS Server (AGS) 10 but our users only have ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1. So does Esri support: Access/use AGS services from 10 in 9.3.1? Manage (create services etc) AGS 10 from ...
4
votes
1answer
305 views

Is there a standard st_relation_readable() function for translate DE-9IM strings?

Spatial databases, such as PostGIS, implement the DE-9IM model with function st_relate(), which returns a string with domain of {0,1,2,F}, meaning 0=point, 1=line, 2=area, and F="empty set"... See ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Can MapInfo Professional use data direct from a File Geodatabase?

Esri released its File Geodatabase API in mid 2011, and it seems that QGIS via GDAL's OGR FileGDB Driver added support for the File Geodatabase within about a year. By support, I mean simply being ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

IDRISI .vec file translator to ESRI shapefile format?

I've recently got hold of almost 20 years old IDRISI .vec files which I'd like to convert to ESRI shapefile. I've been struggling to find any translator for this file format so far. Does anybody know ...
3
votes
1answer
100 views

Is it possible to have v.in.lidar without compiling GRASS?

I already have installed libLAS like this: sudo apt-get install liblas-bin And Ì have installed GRASS GIS 7 from the ubuntugis-unstable repository. Is it possible v.in.lidar without compiling ...
3
votes
0answers
105 views

Determine the Degree of Data Lossiness when Converting Data

I'm working through some of the ESRI tutorials on Data Interoperability and it briefly mentions the issue of data conversion being a lossy process. Some questions that come to mind are: What is ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

What is the best ETL tool within ArcGIS standard to bring CSV to an existing schema with domains and other constraints?

We will be bringing some GPS related data from a business partner to our existing schema. We have provided them the sample data and data model from ArcGIS Diagrammer. There are bunch of data import ...
2
votes
0answers
49 views

Standard for geospatial CSV with either lat/lon or region encoding

I'm tasked with finding a standard for data providers to publish data that is linked to either points (lat/lons), postcodes, or local government areas (Australian term for councils). The data will be ...
1
vote
1answer
406 views

How to preserve arc linetype when exporting from .dwg to ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a closed polyline in a .dwg that I need to export to a feature class as a polygon. The polyline is composed of straight segments as well as arcs. The arcs, however, get converted to many ...
1
vote
1answer
324 views

Is MapMaker interoperable?

Has anyone used / come across MapMaker GIS Software http://www.mapmaker.com? A consultant has stated that they will use this for a piece of work involving GIS analysis and that it is compatible with ...
1
vote
1answer
199 views

Differences between Arc 10.0 and Arc 10.1 Layer files

We have a program that cannot import Layerfiles from 10.1, but instead changes them to 10.0 layer files. I'm wondering if there is any Layer functionality that is lost in this transition. Right now ...
1
vote
0answers
113 views

How to transform Invalid Date format in Data Interoperability

My workbench is running into some date data it is rejecting. Here is the error I'm receiving... The invalid value '20100419000000' was supplied to the field 'install_date_orig' I believe the feature ...
-1
votes
4answers
1k views

Choosing all fields to make SUM for each field [closed]

In my personal geodatabase there are two layers:- one of them is small -- about 13 records/features. The other is about 118 records/features. The relation class between the two layers is one to many ...
-2
votes
3answers
314 views

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards

I was trying to understand about the OGC and OGC Standards but i got confused that are they provide standards like ieee or they provide standards that should be implemented with your application i am ...