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Adding XY Data to ArcMap   Rick Ayers Jun 18, 2008
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Subject Adding XY Data to ArcMap 
Author Rick Ayers 
Date Jun 18, 2008 
Message Adding XY data to ArcMap is too cumbersome. There are thousands of users who collect coordinate data using GPS devices. The output files typically contain XY data as degrees minutes seconds and as a text field. It's crazy that I can't point ArcMap to one of these tables and simply add it to the display without jumping through several hoops. These hoops include using somethign easy like Excel to remove specific characters and to add new fields and then convert the DMS fields to Decimal Degrees.

If someone has some insight as to how to simplify this process, please advise. 
  GPS_sample_for_forum.xls (opens in new window)