Is there a way to have a single point feature and have multiple attributes records associated with it? Multipoint approach won't work as it gives me one attribute set (database row). I am trying to avoid having to stack points. Maybe my approach is flawed since I'm failing to find any relevant hits on a web search.

Use case: Access all details of personnel at company via a 'company building polygon centroid' for instance, by simply clicking on the point feature.


I'm assuming ArcGIS Desktop ... Use relates in the map or relationship classes in the geodatabase.

From the ArcGIS Desktop 10 help files with my emphasis below:

"Unlike joining tables, relating tables simply defines a relationship between two tables. The associated data isn't appended to the layer's attribute table like it is with a join. Instead, you can access the related data when you work with the layer's attributes.

For example, if you select a building, you can find all the tenants that occupy that building. Similarly, if you select a tenant, you can find what building it resides in (or several buildings, in the case of a chain of stores in multiple shopping centers—a many-to-many relationship). However, if you performed a join on such data, ArcMap will only find the first tenant belonging to each building, ignoring additional tenants."


  • Thanks for the tip. My working platform is indeed ArcGIS. Will keep this in mind. I am however looking at webmapping i.e. delivering the point data from a datatype (within GeoServer) that supports this scenario. – Erick Dec 9 '11 at 9:54

Please state what platform you are working with. If you are working with ArcGIS, I think you want to use relationship classes, which are tables which define a connectivity between feature points of different layers ( such as a company point layer and a table holding all employees). Holding them all in a single huge layer isn't practical.

  • ArcGIS for data management but ultimately I intend to deliver the data (Geoserver hosted) via an interactive web-map (openlayers) that supports this connectivity. – Erick Dec 9 '11 at 9:55

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