How to make LSOA and MSOA boundaries from UK Data Service align properly in ArcGIS

In the UK students and staff in Higher Education can get boundaries of Lower and Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOA / LSOA, a sort of census boundaries in the UK) from the UK Data Service Census Support. Continue reading “How to make LSOA and MSOA boundaries from UK Data Service align properly in ArcGIS”


Using UK Environment Agency data as WMS in ArcGIS

Thanks to the European Commission’s INSPIRE directive and the UK OpenData initiative the UK Environment Agency makes many of its datasets publicly available. You can load this data over the internet directly into ArcGIS and other GIS software.

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ArcGIS tool of the day: Create Fishnet to subdivide an area

Yesterday I had these ArcGIS queries from users:

  • “I’d like a parcel to have a grid on it with each square measuring 2×3 meters….. is there a way of doing it other than manually?”
  • “I want to do random spatially stratified sampling and to delineate my strata I want to put a regular grid over the study area. How can I do that?”

Both these tasks can be solved with the Create Fishnet tool. This tool is suitable for zoning any area into regular rectangular divisions. Potential applications include:

  • creating Search and Rescue zones or assessment zones (thinking of MapAction)
  • create a systematic sampling grid
  • create a reference grid

A similar tool is the Grid Index Features tool, this is used to create an index layer for ArcGIS Data Driven Pages.