This idea has been merged with Add the ability to Search your data (network or SDE) by drawing a box on a map.
In our organization, we’re holding lots of data :
- the rasters are stored in a file server
- most vectors are loaded in SDE ; some are stored in file server
For a lot of these data, keywords or structured metadata are not available (yet)
In ArcGIS 9.x, it was possible (however rather slowly) to search non-indexed data (both rasters, vectors) based on the geographic location. A similar tool ((= to search for data (non-indexed, no key words available) using a geographic bounding box) in ArcGIS 10 will be helpfull.