With large datasets, how do you keep track of where you have edited across the map? For instance, I am editing a city's waterline and water valve data. I estimate using a 1:400 average zoom level. This is a large city, and I can quickly lose track of where I have edited, especially after days of working on it.

I'm using ArcMap 10.2 Basic with a file geodatabase. Is there a function to track the location and extent of where my window has been? Or is there a better way to track changes/edited location?

If not, I might write script to make an initial polygon, or draw a feature, based on the current window extents, and then merge new extents to it as I pan across the map. Perhaps stop it from drawing if zoom is beyond 1:1000.

What do you think?


What I've always done is to add a field to the dataset named "Edited", with a Yes/No domain. Update all of the unedited data to "No", then change to "Yes" as I edit. Set the symbology for No to red and Yes to green, and you have a quick visual representation of where you have been, and you can also get a quick count of unedited features as well.

  • I do this type of thing, but the problem is that sometimes I need to review an area but no changes are needed. Then, I still need to know I've reviewed it, or other people need to know I've reviewed it... I guess I could touch all the lines/features even tho no edits are being made. – Barrett Jan 2 '14 at 15:42
  • In that case, instead of calling the column 'Edited' I have had a 'Reviewed' column. You can set a domain for 'No', 'Yes - No changes needed', 'Yes - with changes', if you need to track how many changes actually occurred. Also, Edit tracking is quite useful. – MaryBeth Mar 21 '16 at 12:10

I find the Editor Tracking tool to be useful in monitoring what has been done to data. You can easily enable editor tracking to view and review your edits.

  • That definately informs upon Zach's answer. I will start implementing this into my workflows. However, my comment to his answer still stands. Sometimes no edits are required, but I still need to have a record of actually having reviewed the area. – Barrett Jan 2 '14 at 20:18

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