How do I load POI data into ArcGIS

 
Anonymous asked June 3, 2015

I downloaded from Digimap OS service a dataset Points of Interest’, a “csv” file. When I attempted loading it to ArcGIS, received error message “the row contains a bad value”

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Staff June 3, 2015

The Points of Interest data is in a .csv file but the columns are not separated by commas but by the pipe symbol: | This is done because there are sometimes commas in the text fields.  ArcGIS needs a schema.ini file in the same folder as the .csv file to tell it that it needs to use pipes and not commas to separate the columns.
We have provided a help page which explains what you need to create to use the PoI data in ArcGIS:
http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapgis/index.htm#arcgis/standard_arcgis_functions/importing_text_files_arcgis.htm

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