Import data

The sections below include steps that may be required to import and convert data in your project. These steps organize your data in a common format, helping to ensure success in subsequent workflows.

Connect to data sources and add data to a map

It is likely that your data comes from a variety of sources. The following steps outline how to connect to these data sources, organize them, and add the data to the map. If you need to convert your data to feature classes, see the next section.

  1. In the Catalog pane, right-click Folders to add a folder connection.

    From here you can browse to the location of your source data.

  2. If your source data is in a file geodatabase, right-click the geodatabase and add it to your project.

  3. To add your source data to the map, click and drag it directly from the catalog, or click Add Data and browse to the location of your data.

Batch import data

It is common for data to be provided in formats such as KML, shapefiles, and text files. While these formats can be read directly by ArcGIS Pro, to access full analysis and visualization functionality, these datasets must be converted to feature classes. The Batch Import Data tool converts input data in these formats to a single file geodatabase and is included in ArcGIS Pro Intelligence.

Complete the following steps to convert a directory of KML, shapefiles, geoJSON, spreadsheets, and tabular text files to feature classes stored in a single file geodatabase:

  1. On the Data tab, click Batch Import.

    The Batch Import Data geoprocessing tool opens.

  2. Set Input Data to the root directory or directories containing the files you want to convert to file geodatabase feature classes.

    The Input Data directories are recursively searched for the following types of files:

    • .kml
    • .kmz
    • .shp
    • .xls
    • .xlsx
    • .csv
    • .txt
    • .tab
    • .geoJSON
    • .gpx

    Files of type .xls, .xlsx, .csv, .txt, and .tab must contain latitude and longitude columns with entries in decimal degrees to convert to feature classes. The columns must be named one of the entries below.

    • Latitude
      • latitude
      • lat
      • y_coordinate
      • y_coord
      • y
    • Longitude
      • longitude
      • long
      • lon
      • x_coordinate
      • x_coord
      • x

  3. Set Target Geodatabase to an existing geodatabase where the output feature classes will be stored.
  4. Run the tool.

    The outputs are added as layers to the map within a group layer named Batch Import <timestamp>, where <timestamp> is the time the tool was run.