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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. – jbchurchill Sep 15 '14 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.

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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 Sep 22 '14 at 0:52

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