GPS to GIS Using XY Data with Other Software

The GIS Lab at University of Maine at Machias offers instruction in importing XY data for ESRI software only. Please consult the documentation for your software package for instructions on importing XY data.

Note: If you are using ESRI GIS software, choose your software: ArcMap ~ ArcView 3.x ~ ArcExplorer

Here are a few options that may allow you to generate GIS datalayers from your GPS data. Note that ESRI shapefiles are compatible with many other GIS software packages.

Some GPS software packages will allow you to convert your GPS waypoints to shapefiles. You may not be able to use this software to make lines or polygons from your points, however. These are a few low- or no-cost conversion programs:

GPS waypoints to ESRI shapefiles free conversion utility from Minnesota DNR can be used as an extension for ArcView 3.x or as a standalone utility to convert Garmin GPS waypoints to shapefiles. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mis/gis/tools/arcview/extensions/DNRGarmin/DNRGarmin.html

Ozi Explorer GPS to GIS utility. not free, but works with a large number of GPS brands http://www.oziexplorer.com/

GPS Utility for managing, manipulating and mapping GPS data from GPS Utility, Ltd. http://www.gpsu.co.uk/

 

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