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Properly exporting to KML for use in Google Maps

Question asked by wfnstrategies on Feb 22, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 22, 2016 by wfnstrategies

I'm looking for some assistance in trying to get my company's current map files exported for use in Google Maps.


Quick little background on my project so I can hopefully give some context:


My company has a map that details all the international submarine fiber cables in the world. It's currently made with ArcGIS, where my coworker has simply drawn lines (polygons, I guess in ArcGIS?) to display all the routes instead of using coordinates. We are trying to export this to either Google Maps or Earth (trying to avoid the need for users to have a plugin installed for Earth, though) for an eventual interactive map and every time I try to import the KML file created via ArcGIS into Google Maps, the routes are either not displayed at all, or it's just random lines crisscrossed up and down the whole map.


So, my question is, is there a way to do what I want with a KML file that has no actual coordinate data? Is there a way to maybe add coordinate data to the existing shapefiles that are being used in ArcGIS? I admit I'm a bit out of my depth here, as I have very little experience with mapping software. I'm hoping there's a solution I can make use of, otherwise I'm going to be stuck redrawing everything by hand myself.


Please let me know if there is any more information needed to help solve this. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make KML/shapefiles available for people to look at, but I will try to make that happen if necessary.