validation of data in arcgis desktop for arcgisonline

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09-18-2012 04:09 AM
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SimonEvans2
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Arcgis online has more stringent requirments for shapefile data than arcmap. Arcmap should therefore offer a validation and correction tool for shapefile data to ensure that it is compatible before uploading.

Arcmap already has a feature where you can publish directly to arcgis online, so this should be a part of that. Currently if you try to publish a non-compatable shapefile it will just error without telling you why or giving you the opportunity to correct the 'error'.

I am particularly frustrated as the files I have had issues with have all been from shapefiles or geodatabases created in arcmap, sometimes combined with spreadsheets (and on that note its about time arcmap was fully compatable with .xlsx instead of just .xls!).

Typical issues that I have exoperience include column headers not being able to include number characters (which is highly inconvenient!), and other bugs that have required me to re-export the data in arcmap for no reason that I, or the support desk can see. For those of yoou on the support desk please see ES121207 and ES121340.

One more thing; seeing as all the maps in arcgis online are all web-mercator, it would be really good if there was an option to have the re-projections properly handled by the publish feature, so that it could read the projection of the data in the shapefile in arcmap and convert it in the best possible way before sending it to arcgis online. I think this would be very useful and would save a lot of time and unnecessary messing about, and could surely be automated relatively easily.
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curtvprice
I used to have an AML that went through a workspace looking for potential red-flag issues and presented warnings (recommended changes) or errors (show-stoppers) for suspect field and dataset names, missing metadata or coordinate system, etc.  (We wrote this tool when we were converting from the old Prime platform and we wanted to make sure the export files would be valid when we tried to import them on the new platforms.)

I agree it would be great to have a tool in the data management toolbox that does this for a dataset, along the lines of the map analyzer in ArcMap.