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Display points from A table * A Step-by-Step Guide. Hey, wait a minute! These are supposed to be in Central Idaho!. Do you have data points that won’t display right in your GIS map? This may be the help you need .

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display points from a table a step by step guide

Displaypointsfrom Atable*A Step-by-Step Guide

Hey, wait a minute!

These are supposed to be in Central Idaho!

Do you have data points

that won’t display right

in your GIS map?

This may be the help you need.

* The table must have X,Y fields, such as Latitude/Longitude or Northing/Easting,

often obtained from field data waypoints.

Designed for use with tools developed by Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System.

Methods apply broadly and can be implemented by most GIS users.

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Add the State of Idaho file(from LayerFetcher *)Selected here because it’s in the standard projection used by state data, is visible statewide,is a (simple) single record file, and most data points will fall within state boundaries.

*Get Layer Fetcher (If you work for IDFG):

https://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/blog/arcmap-10-add-ins-accessing-new-layerfetcher-tools

add your table with data points eg an excel spreadsheet specify a worksheet if necessary
Add your tablewith data points(eg, an Excel spreadsheet – specify a worksheet if necessary)

In your project,Right-click on the table

Select Display XY data

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Match up the fields

For Coordinate System ofInput Coordinates,

click Edit…

Helpful

Tip:

X = Lon = East/West (eg, -116.####)

Y = Lat = North/South (eg, 42.####)

Z = elevational attribute (optional )

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Open the Geographic Coordinate Systems folder

Open the Worldfolder

SelectWGS 1984

(or the system you need to work with)

(Hint: Add this coordinate system to Favorites so it’s easy to find next time)

ClickOK

export data to add the required object id field
Export Data to add therequired Object ID field

Click OKon the

Object ID error message

browse to folder or geodatabase location
Browse to folder orgeodatabase location

To save as a Feature Class,

select a geodatabase

To save as a Shapefile, select a folder

specify the same coordinate system as the data frame set when adding the state of idaho
Specify the same coordinate system asthe data frame (set when adding the State of Idaho)

Add the layer to your existing project.

Now you can correctly display and

analyze your data points.

Voila!

Points should display in the correct location.

Topic design by Cyndi Coulter and Pam Bond

Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System Idaho Fish and Game <> 2013