Converting DMS to DD in this format: DD MM SS.SSSS N/S

Discussion created by jacobne on Feb 22, 2011
Latest reply on Feb 22, 2011 by niklas.norrthonesri-se-esridist

I know this question has been beat to death but I've really struggled with this format.  I have some 5,000 coordinates in this format (ex. 75 25 10.1234 N) and I want to convert them to DD so I can work with the data in ArcMap 10.  Plus, I'm continuing to accumulate additional coordinates so ultimately I'd like to automate the conversion via python.  Any suggestions?  Or could anyone point me to some sample code I could get started with? 

I've experimented with some of the geoprocessing tools in ArcToolbox but not luck so far. 

Thanks in Advance,