Is there a good, free, generally available hands-on UK-based example of UK GIS data (not in the ESRI native format) being imported for use in ArcMap, using ESRI tools only?

I want to find and organize GIS data to create a map that ArcGIS Desktop can consume. The example would need to furnish some data and maps, rather than assuming that I already have something suitable.

I am not looking for a solution to a programming problem; I am hoping to demonstrate that ArcMap can work with, for example, OS data.

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  • are you wanting a programming solution? If just gui interface try looking at the esri channel and looking for catalog search – Brad Nesom Jun 23 '15 at 17:05
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    I will try to provide an example: UK police has an online data center through which you can download crime data for given months. Data is in .CSV format, and includes Longitude and Latitude fields, using which you can upload the data to ArcMap and create a point layer of crimes. This will be done using File > Add Data > Add XY Data. The data is found here: data.police.uk/data You can combine this point data with polygon layers or a basemap and create interesting maps. The Office for National Statistics provides polygon layers of places such as the London Metropolitan Area. – Nir Jun 25 '15 at 11:33
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    This question has become more confusing; What data format do you want to support? OS supplies some data in Shapefile format (ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html) Which ArcGIS supports natively. I'll suggest that you narrow the question, and tell us which data format you want to work with. – Devdatta Tengshe Jun 25 '15 at 12:03
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    OK by "worked" you mean hands-on (step by step)? To make the question salvageable (less open ended so someone can actually answer), Choose one specific format, name a source for that format and give a few example feature types/classes you want to work with. There are simply too many options. petroleum prod, transport networks, utility systems, demographics, land use; on and on... – Brad Nesom Jun 25 '15 at 13:43
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    It seems that EleventhDoctor simply wanted an example of Arc's ability to import and handle a non-native format. It is an unusual request for the reason PolyGeo and others mentioned (very broad), and thus the respondents are struggling with the "Why" of it, yet it's pretty straight forward. – Nir Jun 30 '15 at 9:50

ESRI provide a number of free "Getting started" online courses. This will be a good starting point for you. I would start with this course as it introduces the basics of GIS and ArcMap.

All the other free online courses ESRI provide can be found here.


Confused now by the question and responses.

Perhaps you are wanting to:

  • Learn how to search for data;
  • Use data in the desktop program; and/or
  • Learn GIS

Esri has a jungle of available resources. Here are a few:

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