Importing ArcInfo Interchange Files (.e00)

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When you download GIS data from some sources, you may receive the data in a format that must be converted before use in a GIS. For instance, vector data (points, lines or polygons) from Maine Office of GIS, GIS Data Depot, and other resources, are in ArcInfo Interchange format, with the file extension .e00. To view these files you must convert them to coverage format.

For instructions on converting .e00 to coverage format, choose your software:

ArcGIS 9.X ~ ArcGIS 8.X ~ ArcView 3.X ~ ArcExplorer

ArcGIS 9.X: Interchange (.e00) to Coverage

1. If necessary, unzip the downloaded .e00 file.

2. Open ArcCatalog.

3. If necessary, add the "ArcView 8x Tools" toolbar: Click on View> Toolbars> ArcView 8x Tools. The Conversion Toolbar will appear.

4. Choose Conversion Tools> Import from Interchange File.

5. Double click on ArcView Import from Interchange File.

6. Click the folder button to specify the input .e00 file.Arc Map e00

7. Specify the output folder and give the new coverage a name.

8. Click ok.

The imported coverage should appear as a pair of folders in the specified directory, one with the coverage name and the other called "info." These folders must remain together for the coverage to work with your GIS software.

Hint: You can use the batch button to import several e00 files at a time.

A note about importing data in interchange format: If you download several files of the same type covering different regions, often multiple files will come with the same name. For instance, if you download a streams layer for Machias from the Maine Office of GIS website, it will be called "streams." If you download a streams layer for East Machias, it will also be called "streams." To avoid confusion and inadvertently overwriting previously downloaded files, be careful to either download and then import the files to a new folder or rename the files before downloading additional files.

ArcMap/ ArcToolbox 8.X: Interchange (.e00) to Coverage

ArcMap e00 21. If necessary, unzip the downloaded .e00 file.

2. Open ArcToolbox

3. If necessary, click the + next to Conversion Tools to expand the menu.

4. If necessary, click the + next to Import to Coverage.

5. Double click on ArcView Import from Interchange File.

6. Click the folder button to specify the input .e00 file.

7. Specify the output folder and give the new coverage a name.ArcMap e00

8. Click ok.

The imported coverage should appear as a pair of folders in the specified directory, one with the coverage name and the other called "info." These folders must remain together for the coverage to work with your GIS software.

Hint: You can use the batch button to import several e00 files at a time.

A note about importing data in interchange format: If you download several files of the same type covering different regions, often multiple files with come with the same name. For instance, if you download a streams layer for Ellsworth from the Maine Office of GIS website, it will be called "streams." If you download a streams layer for Bar Harbor, it will also be called "streams." To avoid confusion and inadvertently overwriting previously downloaded files, be careful to either download and then import the files to a new folder or rename the files before downloading additional files.

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ArcView 3.X: Interchange (.e00) to Coverage

1. If necessary, unzip the downloaded .e00 file.

2. Click Start> Programs> ESRI> ArcView GIS 3.X> Import 71.

3. Click the Browse button to specify the export .e00 file.Import 71

4. Specify the output folder and give the new coverage a name.

5. Click ok.

The new coverage should appear as a pair of folders in the specified directory, one with the coverage name and the other called "info." These folders must remain together for the coverage to work with your GIS software.

A note about importing data in interchange format: If you download several files of the same type covering different regions, often multiple files with come with the same name. For instance, if you download a streams layer for Ellsworth from the Maine Office of GIS website, it will be called "streams." If you download a streams layer for Bar Harbor, it will also be called "streams." To avoid confusion and inadvertently overwriting previously downloaded files, be careful to either download and then import the files to a new folder or rename the files before downloading additional files.

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ArcExplorer or Other: Interchange (.e00) to Coverage

1. Download and install ESRI's Import71 utility for converting ArcInfo interchange files (e00) to coverages. http://gis.esri.com/download/index.cfm?fuseaction=download.main&downloadid=175

2. If necessary, unzip the downloaded ArcInfo Interchange (.e00) file.

3. Click Start> Programs> ESRI> ArcView GIS 3.X> Import 71.

4. Click the Browse button to specify the export .e00 file.Import 71 ArcExplorer

5. Specify the output folder and give the new coverage a name.

6. Click ok.

The new coverage should appear as a pair of folders in the specified directory, one with the coverage name and the other called "info." These folders must remain together for the coverage to work with your GIS software.

A note about importing data in interchange format: If you download several files of the same type covering different regions, often multiple files with come with the same name. For instance, if you download a streams layer for Ellsworth from the Maine Office of GIS website, it will be called "streams." If you download a streams layer for Bar Harbor, it will also be called "streams." To avoid confusion and inadvertently overwriting previously downloaded files, be careful to either download and then import the files to a new folder or rename the files before downloading additional files.

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