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Accessing GDB files on DataMine

From: Philip A.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 6:29 PM
42 of the 93 geospatial datasets are GDB files, these are ESRI "file geodatabases" and it doesn't look like anything can be used to convert them to an open format other than Desktop ArcGIS which costs several thousand dollars. Does anyone know if there are any utilities available to convert GDB files to something open?

All that you can do with these files is open them in the Windows-only ArcGIS Explorer (not ArcExplorer) and look at them, that's about it. You can't export to anything else.

For some of the simple GIS data, it'd be much better to have it as a CSV (as other geodata currently exists in the raw data section). With a CSV file, you can easily create a KML file. In fact, I noticed that the Parks & Rec website didn't have a map of the locations of the Computer Resource Centers, so I converted the Datamine CSV file to KML, so now you can see them on a map.

Here's some of my research on GDB:

ESRI saying that nothing open for GDB exists

GDB isn't supported by the gdal library

The cost of Desktop ArcGIS:


Philip Ashlock
The Open Planning Project -
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