Review the geodatabase spatial data type, how to create objects in a geodatabase, and how to organize them in general and specifically for cultural resource geographic information systems (GIS) data in ArcGIS 10.x. Explore how to use this data type with cultural resource examples. Learn to work with and create geodatabases for cultural resource management. Understand specific components of a geodatabase structure and how they differ from other common GIS data types. 


  • What is a geodatabase?
  • Types of geodatabases
  • Advantages of the geodatabase
  • Geodatabase terminology
  • Geodatabase tables
  • Creating domains for fields
  • Geodatabase feature classes
  • Geodatabase subtypes
  • Geodatabase feature datasets
  • Creating relationship classes
  • Raster data in a geodatabase
  • Geodatabase topology
  • Designing a geodatabase
  • Adding existing geometry into the data model
  • Simple data loader process: matching fields
  • Overview of the other modules in the ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques series

Training Curriculum

60-minute, on-demand eLearning

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

  • 2


    • Introduction to the Geodatabase: Part 1

    • Introduction to the Geodatabase: Part 2

    • Introduction to the Geodatabase: Part 3

  • 3

    Download Course Slides

    • Introduction to the Geodatabase (slide deck)

  • 4

    Download Video Transcript

    • Introduction to the Geodatabase (transcript)

  • 5

    Course Evaluation

    • NPI Evaluation



Deidre McCarthy, GISP

Deidre McCarthy, GISP, chief, Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) Facility, National Park Service; facilitates the use of GIS to manage the location, status, and condition of cultural resources.
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This training is suitable for

  • Archaeologists; architectural historians; planners; preservation architects and landscape architects;

  • Community leaders; contractors, consultants, and project managers; cultural and natural resource managers responsible for compliance requirements;

  • Facility managers of historic properties; national, statewide, and local preservation and land management organization members and staff

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