Easy GIS Data and Map Collaboration Using ESRI Software

What is the most efficient way to collaborate on a project with users and nonusers of Esri’s software products, such as ArcGIS (ArcMap), ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (ArcExplorer), ArcGIS Online, and ArcReader?

You can use several approaches to package information (data and map) from a map created in ArcMap and share it with others – ArcMap users and non-ArcMap users alike.  

By using the file types listed in the tables below, you can allow collaborators to provide data accuracy or location …

Sharing GIS Data: Using an ESRI Layer Package (.lpk)

You can use layer packages to share an individual dataset and its respective properties or individual datasets and their respective properties from ArcMap or ArcGIS Explorer (Build 1500 and newer) with other ArcMap or ArcGIS Explorer users. A layer package is created in ArcMap and contains the layer’s source data or layers’ source data and all the associated defined properties.

ArcGIS Explorer note: To have the full functionality described in this document, you must have ArcGIS Explorer version 1500 or …

Sharing GIS Data: Using an ESRI Map Content File (.nmc)

You can use map content files to share datasets and their respective properties from ArcGIS Explorer with other ArcGIS Explorer users. A map content file is created within ArcGIS Explorer and contains the map and all of the associated data. 

Learn about other ESRI software formats you can use to share data.


Exporting GIS Data as a Map Content File from ArcGIS Explorer for Use in ArcGIS Explorer

You can draw point, line, and polygon features on a map by 

What is mobile GIS?

Mobile GIS is taking Geographic Information Systems (GIS) out of the office and into the field. A mobile GIS allows folks out in the field to capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display geospatial data and information. Mobile GIS integrates one or more of the following technologies: * mobile devices (such as a PDA, tablet, or laptop computer, and in some countries mobile phones) * Geographic Information System (GIS) software * the Global Positioning System (GPS) * wireless communications for …

Modeling Downtown Parking Requirements With Planning Support Systems in Sheridan, Wyoming


Sometimes the goal of preserving and enhancing a community’s historical downtown character isn’t compatible with a community’s minimum parking requirements as dictated by zoning regulations. The town of Sheridan, Wyoming used sophisticated GIS-based planning support systems to assess the city’s parking requirements and show how these would support or impact their community’s goal of a pedestrian-friendly downtown.

Find out what they found – [1]

Reprinted with permission from Western Planner Resources