I've been trying to load shapefiles (that are zipped in windows compressed folder) into CartoDB and I always get an error 2001.

These shapefiles were exported out of an ESRI geodatabase (SQL Server). I believe they are in the correct projection - Web Mercator auxilliary sphere.

Has anyone had a similar experience or might know what is happening?

  • Are you attempting to load them from within the zip file? Generally that doesn't work, particularly with shapefiles, as the only thing actually pulled out of the zip is the file selected (and there are multiple files to a shapefile). You'll need to extract the zip file to a folder first if you haven't done so.
    – Chris W
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 0:12

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Contacted CartoDB -- I was using the wrong projection. I needed to use geographic/world/web mercator.


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