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I would ask you to check out GeoJSON; http://geojson.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeoJSON


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The newest and most promising that exists is OGC GeoPackage. The standard was published in February, 2014 and it will take some time before GIS programs support it properly but the list of implementations at http://www.geopackage.org/ is growing fast. There are already well known programs on the list, including ArcGIS, GDAL, and GeoServer. Unlike GML which ...


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This is part of the raison d'ĂȘtre of the OGC. Regarding vector data you may wish to look into these standards: Geographic Markup Language (GML) - an XML grammar for the storage of geographical features. It serves as an open interchange format for the transaction of geo-spatial data between different software. Web Feature Service (WFS) - provides an ...


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There is no universal vector format in GIS. However, some formats are proprietary and other are openly specified (like the shapefile) so that they can be read and/or written by other softwares (if they decide to implement). For data sharing, the best solution to date is to use shapefile, which is now the most widespread format. Shapefile is however an old ...


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I would suggest using arcpy (Python programming) but since you are not comfortable with that, I'd suggest ModelBuilder. It has GUI and the learning curve is not very steep. You will be using several geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS and chain them within a visual canvas (a bit like MS Visio). The result of one tool's run will become an input for the next one ...



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