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Three ways to create a geodatabase

Once you have designed your geodatabase, you can employ any practice, you will often use a combination of all or some of the
of three methods to create a new geodatabase. The method you methods outlined.
choose will depend on what the source of your geodatabase data The three methods of creating a geodatabase are discussed
is, whether you will store custom objects in the geodatabase, or briefly here. Subsequent chapters will outline how each task is
whether you intend to create a new geodatabase from scratch. In performed.
Three Methods to Create a Geodatabase
Design your geodatabase
What data?
Location and projection?
Feature classes and subtypes?
Geometric networks?
Rules?
Relationships?

1 Create schema with


ArcCatalog 2 Import existing data

3 Use CASE tools

Shapefiles

MS
Repository
Coverages

Build geometric
networks

Define subtypes and


attribute domains ArcCatalog

10"
5"
3"

Load data into schema


Define connectivity rules

Shapefiles
Geodatabase
Define relationships Geodatabase
schema
Coverages

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