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Urban Forestry Using ArcGIS Domains and ArcGIS Online (AGOL)

Domains are geodatabase components designed to make GIS editing tasks faster and more accurate ensuring integrity of your database and reliability of all products derived from that data. Within ArcGIS Online (AGOL) domains become the drop-down selection lists in ESRI Collector.

This document discusses domains in sufficient detail to illustrate their importance, and describes a workflow using ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox for domain creation, editing, and management that eliminates the need to maintain separate Excel of DBF files for that purpose.

Using domains in ArcMap is not difficult, but it can be confusing.

Four easy steps!

  • Create and describe a domain
  • Set domain parameters or enter the codes and descriptions; geodatabase tables, DBF files, or Excel worksheets can be useful in this step
  • Assign the domain to an attribute in your feature class
  • The domain created and defined is used when adding and editing data in attribute tables on desktop ArcMap, AND from within ESRI Collector from ArcGIS Online applications.

This document describes an urban forestry file geodatabase (also available for download) that contains four urban forestry feature classes with appropriate (or example) domains, the FGDB tables used to create the Coded domains, and the Excel spreadsheet with 36 worksheets used to create the FGDB tables.

D. Hartel
Date Published
September 2015
Urban Forestry South
Athens, Georgia
Resource Format
Model Project/Program
AGOL, Python, Domains, Collector, GIS Workflow
Indexed By
UFS - drh
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