ArcGIS Pro can export layer packages that combine data and symbology into a single, easily transportable package format. This makes layers easy to share across projects.
- [Instructor] Sharing data is as easy as making a copy of the geo database that's in the projects home folder. But if you want to share data and the symbology choices that you've made to best visualize that data, you'll want to export a layer package. A layer package bundles up the data source and the symbology into a single file that's easy to upload to the web or email to colleagues. In this world map I have symbolized each country with its own color. If I'm working with a team and want to ensure that all of their world maps use the same colors, it would obviously be rather tedious to go through and identify each color for each country.
Instead I'll simply select the layer over in the contents pane and then I'll go up to the share tab. In the save as group there's an option called layer file. This will export the symbology and a reference to the data source in my projects geo database. For some organizations that have a centralized geo spatial data server that might work out just fine, since my colleagues will reference the same data in the same location from their computer. If I'm intending to share this with people outside of my organization though, I want to make sure that they have access to the same data as well as the symbology.
On the left side of the share tab in the packages group we'll find an option that's called layer. The only difference is that a layer package includes a copy of the source data as well which is much more convenient for the people that I'm sharing with. I'll go ahead and choose this option. That'll open up the package layers pane on the right side of the interface. We can choose either to upload the package to our online account or save the package to a file. I'll go ahead and choose that option. Then I'll choose the browse icon and I can browse out to desktop, exercise files, chapter 9, and go into the 0901 layer package folder.
Let's go ahead and give this a name, I'll call it world countries. And notice that it's going to use the .lpkx file extension for layer package. Go ahead and press the save button. That will fill in the detail here on the name and location line. Then we need to supply a summary. I'll type in color coded world countries. For tags I'll simply type in countries and then I'll press the analyze button. And it looks like it comes up with one error. It says a layer description is required for packaging. So I need to add a description to this layer first. To do that I'll come over here to the contents pane and right click on the country's layer, then come down to properties.
On the properties page switch over to meta data and then you can find the description field here. I'll just type in world countries as a description for this layer. Go ahead and say okay to save that change to the meta data and then we'll come back to the package layers pane on the right and press the analyze button again. This time it doesn't find any errors so we can go ahead and press the package button. That will package up the data and the symbology and save it to the computer. After a moment of processing I get this green message that it was successfully created and now since it's in my home folder I can actually switch over to the project pane, expand the folders and then the home folder and we should be able to find the world countries layer package right here.
In order to make use of that in this project I'll just go up and go to the insert menu, we'll insert a new 2D map frame and then I can drag this world countries layer package right out of my folder and drop it right into the map. Notice that the data and the symbology has already been applied and that the symbology matches what was in the original map. So that's how you can share your data and your symbology with your colleagues. Just email them this file here with the .lpkx file extension. Sharing data along with the symbology can keep your maps consistent throughout the organization.
- Creating a new map project
- Adding data sources to the project
- Managing data layers on the map
- Saving a project template
- Drawing new map features
- Querying and extracting features
- Creating geoprocessing models and packages
- Modifying the look and feel of the map through symbology options
- Adding map labels
- Working with 3D scenes
- Developing a map layout
- Sharing the map and data