Uploading Geodatabases to CartoDB Using Python and Arcpy
The “geodatabase” is a proprietary data format created by ESRI that works a container for spatial and attribute data. It is a very common format used by GIS professionals around the world but usually difficult to use that data outside of ESRI’s stack. Today you will learn how to use Arcpy and Python to automate the process of exporting data from Arcgis Desktop to CartoDB.
As you probably already know, there are tree different types of geodatabases:
The “Personal Geodatabase”( based on Microsoft Access),
The “File Geodatabase” (based on a file system folder)
The “Enterprise Geodatabase” (runs on top of a RDBMS)
Usually GIS users have lots of datasets and features stored in those geodatabases.
Wouldn’t it be nice to visualize and analyze all that data on the web? You can use AGS or AGOL to do so, but you could also have into account that there are other easy to use and cost–effective tools like CartoDB.