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Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS: A Workbook Approach to Learning GIS, 3rd Edition by Michael D. Kennedy

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Converting a Shapefile to a Geodatabse Feature Class and Giving It Real-World Coordinates
The first step in getting the contents of the Foozit court shapefile into a geodatabase feature class is to make the personal geodatabase, and within it, a feature data set that will contain the spatial parameters of datum, projection, X/Y domain, coordinate system, and units. Finally, you will create the feature class.
____ 20. In ArcCatalog click
___IGIS-Arc_YourInitials\Digitize&Transform
to highlight it. Choose File > New > Personal Geodatabase. In the Catalog Tree, change the name of the PGDB to Recreational_Facilities.mdb. Make sure the new entry is highlighted in the Catalog Tree. Select File > New > Feature Dataset. For Name type North_Zone. Click the Next button. Starting (with a vertical slider all the way at the top, if necessary) navigate to
Projected Coordinate Systems > State Plane > NAD 1983 (US Feet) > NAD 1983 StatePlane Kentucky North FIPS 1601 (US Feet)
and then click Next. Click Next again, since we aren’t concerned with Vertical Coordinate Systems. Click Finish.

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