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Matching data to Reference Layer features

Question asked by mike.honey on Sep 6, 2017
Latest reply on Jul 29, 2018 by deleted-user-7SLqM7dlvYNN

I've been given some data where each row has a column that should match the name of a feature within an ArcGIS Reference Layer.  I don't have lat/lon or shape data.  


I would hope to be able to match my data to the features of the Reference Layer, then use the other data attributes to color the features. But we don't appear to have that functionality?


The best I've come up with so far is to get a lat/lon for a point in each feature and add that to the data, then use those fields in the lat/lon wells of the PBI visual.  But it's of course an arbitrary point and the result can be quite distorted (e.g. where should the point be for an oddly-shaped feature).  


I'm also glossing over the challenge of getting those lat/lon values - there doesn't seem to be any easy way to get those values for the features in a given Reference Layer.


Am I missing something?