Shapefile Automation

Discussion created by simontarr13 on Feb 24, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 18, 2014 by KManseau-esristaff
Hello. Firstly, please accept my apologies if I have posted this in the wrong sub-forum...I'm not sure where the best place is to post this sort of question! Anyway, here is my problem (in two parts) and I'm really hoping someone can help me out automating do this manually will take such a long time, so any help would be fantastic.

I am working on a project regarding lizards in North America. I currently have a shapefile with all the species present on the continent. What I would like to do is:

1) Take the range of each species in the 'master' shapefile and split this into an individual shapefile for each species. Each shapefile and associated files would need to go into a separate folder in ascending order (so the first species on my list Abriona aurita would go into  'Folder 1' then Abriona bogerti would go in 'Folder 2' etc). My list of lizard species in North America currently stands at 467 so you can probably see why I wish to automate this!

2) Once I have each individual species as a shapefile, I need to convert this into a raster using ArcGIS's built in Polygon -> Raster conversion tool. Again, would it be possible to automate this job as well by pointing to each folder and asking the software to dump a raster image in there as well.

Many thanks in advance for your help. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


EDIT- An alternative method, I suppose, would cut out stage 1 to some extent and just create a raster from each polygon in the master shapefile. I have no idea how to do this, however!