You can use map packages to share map documents and associated data from ArcMap with other ArcMap users. A map package is created within ArcMap and contains the ArcMap document (.mxd) and all the data associated with that document.
Learn about other ESRI software formats you can use to share data.
Exporting GIS Data as a Map Package from ArcMap for Use in ArcMap
To create the .mpk file:
1. Click File to display the drop-down menu, and then click …
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 …