I would like to import into arcGIS Desktop a livefeed layer and use it to perform some analysis.

This is the link to web page: http://tmservices1.esri.com/arcgis/rest/services/LiveFeeds/Shakemap/MapServer

If I download the layer into ArcGIS for Desktop, this is not editable.

Does anyone know a solution to this?

  • I don't believe this is something you can do with this. Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 18:05

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The URL that you provide in your question is to a map service that will only return an image for display.

To perform analysis you will need to use a feature service instead.

As an introduction to doing this there is an Esri blog entitled Quick Tips: Consuming Feature Services with Geoprocessing:

Do you work with Feature Services? Do you want to use geoprocessing tools or Python to perform analysis with ArcGIS for Desktop? Here’s a few quick tips for using a hosted feature service from arcgis.com or your own ArcGIS for Server feature service with geoprocessing tools.


That URL is sourced from the USGS RSS feed..

If your organisation has geoevent extension for ArcGIS for Server, there is an out of the box connector that can consume a RSS and push the data to a feature service.

This may well be overkill, but you mention performing analysis on a live layer, and this analysis could be incorporated into a geoevent service so that it is done on the fly and therefore your results could be continuously be live as the incoming feed changes.

If you just want a one off copy of the data, you can still download the latest readings from the USGS in a variety of formats that ArcGIS supports (shp, kml, xyz).

  • Unfortunately I don't have ArcGIS for server but it is good to know that this functionality exists, thanks.
    – Giacomo
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 0:52

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