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Seeking Creative Solution: Merging data in ArcMap 10.2

Question asked by Nomkins on Jul 16, 2014
Latest reply on Jul 16, 2014 by Dan_Patterson

Hello!

I am calling upon the users of this forum to submit their creative solutions to a problem I have.

 

The Problem:

     I need to take data from ColumnA in ShapefileA, and merge it with empty ColumnB in ShapefileB.

 

         ShapefileA                  ShapefileB                  End Result                        

ColumnAColumnBColumnB
123<null>123
456<null>456
789<null>789

 

My Solution:

     I tried using the "Append (Data Management)" tool for this job, and it kind of did what I needed. ShapefileB gained the data from ColumnA, like I wanted, but the Append tool created a duplicate feature with those new values, instead of using the feature that was already in place. End result: I got the feature that I wanted, but the original feature I wanted to use was left behind and now needs to be hunted down and removed.

 

Your Turn!

    What process would you use in order to get to the desired end result?

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