What is the Data Interoperability extension?
The ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension is an integrated spatial ETL toolset that runs within the geoprocessing framework. It enables you to translate, transform, and integrate data from multiple sources and formats in ArcMap, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe; use them with geoprocessing tools; and publish them with ArcGIS Server.
When the Data Interoperability extension is enabled, you have the ability to do the following:
- Connect directly to over 100 GIS vector, CAD, and database formats.
- Translate data from one format to another.
- Export data to more than 70 output formats.
- Create spatial ETL tools and custom formats using Safe Software's FME Workbench application.Note:
FME Workbench includes a stand-alone help system that provides detailed information about FME readers and writers and transformers and context-sensitive help for settings and interfaces.
Functionality is divided into the following categories:
Direct-read formats are used directly from the Catalog tree as read-only datasets. When you add them to ArcMap, ArcScene, or ArcGlobe, all standard map functions are enabled, including attribute tables and labeling functions.
An interoperability connection is a user-defined link to one or more data sources that is managed in the Catalog tree as a single direct-read dataset. The connection specifies the data source and the FME reader and any special parameters supported by the chosen format.
|Data Interoperability toolbox|
The Data Interoperability toolbox contains out-of-the-box geoprocessing conversion tools that import and export data between geodatabase and nonnative formats using FME readers and writers.
|Spatial ETL tools|
A spatial ETL tool is a user-defined geoprocessing tool that can transform data between different data models and different file formats. You create them with FME Workbench in a translation workspace and save them to a toolbox.
A custom format is a translation workspace that is exported as a format and utilized in the FME reader gallery. It is saved to an external (.fds) file and can be imported to reader galleries on other desktops.