ArcMap to GeoRSS?

I’m laughing at how difficult it is to get data out of proprietary software such as ArcGIS.

ArcMap to GeoRSS GML script needed

The responses are pretty much what you’d expect using ArcMap. Use Data Interoperability Extension for ArcGIS at a cool $2k or do it in ArcObjects (sure its doable, but what a freaking nightmare just to export GeoRSS).

See this is why you just shouldn’t be using such products. You either have to pay big bucks to get your data out or spend countless hours fighting the worst object model in the history of Windows (and that is saying much).



4 Responses to “ArcMap to GeoRSS?”

  1. June 3, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Nice post. I have felt this way ever since leaving Arc*** on the wayside. One of my favorite features of (GRASS, PostGIS, etc.) is the ability to easily convert to-and-from simple, text-based formats. Instead of wallowing around in ArcObjects muck, a simple command with output piped to awk or python, and with its output redirected to a simple text file. 10 minute task.

    as for the question at hand, converting to GML- or something like GML – GDAL should be able to do the job. Or a python app based on the GDAL bindings should make it pretty simple.


  2. June 4, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Ha ha, brilliant, I like your blog – I’ve just come across it, full of acerbic comments (take that as a compliment) – its refreshing).

    Getting xml out of ArcObjects is not that hard, although granted it should be a lot easier and certainly shouldn’t be part of any extension – count your self lucky you’re in a country that doesn’t take your eye’s out when you buy ‘the worlds leading GIS desktop software'(or maybe they do?) – i recently got quoted nearer to $6,000 (US) for that particular extension! Now thats taking the piss!

  3. June 4, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Map Butcher: True getting the XML out is easy, but just mentioning ArcObjects shows how much of a nightmare it can be. I mean sitting here, how long do you think it will be before ArcMap/Catalog reads GeoRSS let alone writes it?

  4. June 5, 2007 at 9:04 am

    aye true…I’ve got a basic tool working so far for points and lines using the gml encoding, just looking at poly’s now – its not ideal but at the end of the day i’ve got data in esri formats which i’d like to utilise as georss feeds and i don’t have the $$$$ to spend on software nor am i prepared to manually create them so its a fair middle ground at the moment

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