"GEOPROCESSING LAYER": use a Geoprocessing output as a layer data source

Idea created by dbros on Nov 6, 2010
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    • n314
    • BruceLang
    • dbros
    • wolfjan
    • alexroma
    • jakek
    • mping

    Dear ESRI developer,
    you've introduced a "query layer" which enables some kind of data derivation/transformation.

    Do you consider enabling a "geoprocessing layer", too?

    I mean defining a geoprocessing transformation from physical data sources as my layer "data source".

    Example:
    - have my city parcel fabric data (input)
    - need to display the boundary of all areas that the municipality owns

    Currently:
    - must run Dissolve tool and generate a new data file with the derived data
    - display the derived data file in map

    I do not need the derived data file for any other purpose than the boundary display. This is just a derived data (staging), not a real data source. If the city parcel ownership changes, I need to rerun the dissolve.

    Ideally:
    There is a "geoprocessing layer" where I can define the geoprocessing process to derive the data for display. ArcGIS treats all the staging data structures needed during the transformation process. And provides me just the output layer.

    Benefits:
    - getting rid of tons of derived data files depending on other data sources
    - eliminating inconsistences among various dependent data sources
    - simplier usage

    I scent, there is something like that in ArcGIS Server (geoprocessing services). But it would be really nice to have it in ArcGIS Desktop, too.

    Thanks for your effort.
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    David