I have a bunch of GML datasets which I need to import to Esri featureclasses. I am using the Data Interoperability extension for ArcGIS, which should support this. However when trying to import my features I get the following error:

"Error when writing Schema: A unique destination featuretype name could not be generated for """


Here is a snippet of the code:

- - - http://www.opengis.net/gml/3.2 http://schemas.opengis.net/gml/3.2.1/gml.xsd" gml:id="zones"> - - - - inspireId UK_zone - - eng - - Teesside Urban Area - - - -

  • Do you know whether your GML is of Simple Feature profile? support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/32381 If it is not, then I think it ceases to be a simple matter to import.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 22:31
  • @PolyGeo Thanks for responding, how can I tell if it is in fact in SF format? Sorry I am quite new to this. Here is a snippet of the code: Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 9:43
  • I'll have to leave answering how to recognize GML-SF to someone more OGC literate than me but for an entry point to ArcGIS 10 documentation on its support for GML this may be a useful URL help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#/…
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 9:37
  • @AlexOulton Did you find a solution? I have the same problem.
    – Matt
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 13:32

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I had the same error message, but added a pointer to the XSD file that defined my GML schema (e.g. xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.wwwwwwwww.com GML.xsd") in the FeatureCollection tag, and of course ensured the XSD file was in the same directory, and all was fine.

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