Geodatabase

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  • Modeling Our World, Second Edition: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Concepts
    Modeling Our World, Second Edition, focuses on understanding the geodatabase. It promotes best practices for data modeling and analysis by addressing critical topics such as spatial integrity, attribute integrity, work flow, and scaling. Modeling Our World clarifies geographic data modeling concepts and is your complete survey of the geodatabase information model.

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Instructional Podcasts

An Overview of the Geodatabase and Five Reasons Why You Should Use It

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The geodatabase is the common data storage and management framework for ArcGIS. This discussion describes what a geodatabase is and how GIS data is stored within it. It outlines five reasons why it is an advantageous data format for ArcGIS users to implement.
—Derek Law, Product Management, Esri; published March 20, 2007

Types of Geodatabases

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There are three different types of geodatabases available: Microsoft Access-based personal geodatabases, file geodatabases, and scalable geodatabases. The scalable geodatabase is offered at three levels: personal, workgroup, and enterprise. This discussion will describe the different types of geodatabases and their implementations and will contrast their properties.
—Derek Law, Product Management, Esri; published April 10, 2007

Migrating to the Geodatabase

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This discussion provides the migration workflows for the five most common GIS data formats (tables, shapefiles, coverages, CAD data, and imagery) to the geodatabase. It is recommended that you be familiar with the geodatabase and basic geodatabase concepts. Users new to the geodatabase can learn more by listening to the Instructional Series Podcast episodes "An Overview of the Geodatabase and Five Reasons Why You Should Use It" and "Types of Geodatabases."
—Derek Law, Product Management, Esri; published October 11, 2008

Migrating from Single-User Geodatabases to Multiuser Geodatabases

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This episode provides reasons to migrate from MS Access personal or file geodatabases to multiuser geodatabases. It also highlights some key concepts to be aware of before migrating as well as GIS data migration methods. It is recommended that you be familiar with the geodatabase and basic geodatabase concepts.
—Derek Law, Product Management, Esri; published July 30, 2009

Creating Desktop and Workgroup Geodatabases

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Learn how to create desktop and workgroup geodatabases and be introduced to the role of the database server administrator account. This is the second episode of a series on implementing and managing desktop and workgroup geodatabases.
—Olena Smith, Educational Services, Esri; published December 10, 2008

Introduction to Bundled Database Servers

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Bundled database servers include personal geodatabases (Personal ArcSDE) and workgroup geodatabases (Workgroup ArcSDE). This discussion will describe the implementation and capabilities of these two levels of the scalable geodatabase.
—Derek Law, Product Management, Esri; published April 24, 2008

Five Best Practices for Maintaining an Enterprise Geodatabase

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This discussion focuses on some best practices to help maintain the performance of an enterprise geodatabase. The content of this discussion is not specific to any supported database and is therefore applicable to all database administrators and ArcSDE managers. It is recommended that you be familiar with database and ArcSDE architecture and terminology.
—Derek Law, Product Management, Esri; published May 10, 2007

Three Tips for Managing Raster Data in an Enterprise Geodatabase

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This discussion offers three tips for effective raster data management in an enterprise geodatabase. It is recommended that you be familiar with the geodatabase, raster data concepts, and ArcSDE architecture.
—Derek Law, Product Management, Esri; published December 11, 2007

Geodatabase Replication: An Overview

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ArcGIS 9.2 introduced a method of distributing shared datasets across several servers. This discussion describes the introductory concepts of geodatabase replication, such as the types of replica that can be created and the different methods available for synchronization. Also presented are several examples of where distributing your data using this capability may help simplify data sharing workflows.
—Owen Evans, Technical Marketing, Esri; published February 13, 2007

Geodatabase Archiving: Introduction to Concepts and Capabilities

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ArcGIS 9.2 introduced a new method of maintaining a historical record of your data called geodatabase archiving. When archiving is enabled, changes to your datasets are recorded and can later be queried to view the state of features at any point in history. This discussion describes how the geodatabase implements this archiving capability and includes general topics about historical data.
—Owen Evans, Technical Marketing, Esri; published August 15, 2006

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Modeling Our World


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