Dealing with Legacy Data and Local Coordinate Systems

Battle Mountain, Nevada
This series uses a dataset from Battle Mountain, Nevada.

In this series of articles, Mike Price teaches users how to prepare and use legacy data in many formats in ArcGIS. These exercises also teach basic data management techniques and provide tips that speed up processes. While each exercise is self contained and can be worked independently, these articles were written as a series. Each exercise builds on knowledge and skills learned in previous tutorials.

Note: Although the sample data comes from the same location (Battle Mountain, Nevada), data for each tutorial is specially prepared for that exercise so download the sample dataset for the exercise you are working on.

Article in PDF Format Description of Exercise Sample Dataset
Importing Data from Excel Spreadsheets: Dos, don'ts, and updated procedures for ArcGIS 10" Learn a methodology for importing data kept in Excel and CSV files into ArcGIS that has been updated for ArcGIS 10 and Microsoft Office 2007/2010. Sample dataset
Prospecting for Gold: Building, mapping, and charting point geochemical data Learn ArcGIS skills and workflows employed by exploration geologists and geochemists, including tabular joins, posting x,y point data using coordinates, thematic mapping, and statistical Sample dataset
Unlocking Data Trapped in Paper: Address geocoding legacy geological data Introduced a method for geocoding legacy point data originally collected along locally defined survey lines. Sample dataset
Good, Better, & Best: Converting and managing local coordinates in a projected system Provides methods for managing locally defined raster, vector, and computer-aided drafting/design (CAD) data in projected systems using ArcGIS 10.1. Sample dataset
Teaching Local Coordinates to Play Fair: Defining and managing a local grid in ArcGIS 10.1 This tutorial shows how to define a local coordinate system that will properly register local vector data in any data frame. Sample dataset