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STAGING AREA

DataBC manages multiple staging areas to allow for the transfer and storage of file based source datasets for the intent to be published via DataBC’s access channels, including:

  • the BC Geographic Warehouse (BCGW)
  • the BC Data Catalogue (BCDC)
  • Tilecache

This page describes the staging areas, how to request access and specific requirements, including data quality.

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STAGING AREA REQUIREMENTS

  • Accepted formats:
    • ArcGIS File Geodatabases are required to be created in version 10.6 or earlier.
    • CSV
    • XLSX
    • Shape File
  • Not accepted formats:
    • Personal Geodatabases .
  • Datasets should be directly in the hierarchy directory, not in a sub folder of its own
  • Datasets should be in their final published form.
  • Datasets in the Staging directories are for read only, i.e., no in-place editing.
  • Do not use the Staging directories for backing-up your datasets.
  • For formal archiving of datasets, please use your organization’s standards and processes.

STAGING AREA NAMING AND DATA QUALITY

Valid Geometry

  • Datasets are required to have valid geometries set at the standard tolerances and precision.
    • XY Resolution should be 0.0001 meters (1/10 millimeters) or its equivalent in map units. For example, if a feature class is stored in state plane feet, the default precision will be 0.0003281 feet (0.003937 inches). If coordinates are in latitude-longitude, the default resolution is 0.000000001 degrees.
    • XY Tolerance should be 0.001 meters or its equivalent in map units. This is 10 times larger than the default resolution value and is recommended in most cases.
  • Please use Check and/or Repair geometry tools prior to uploading to Staging.

Naming and File Type Consistency

  • File naming and structure of each participating dataset must remain constant, i.e.,
    • File names must not change case or spelling.
    • File types must stay the same.
    • Fields/attribute names must not change case or spelling.
  • Geodatabase names should conform to naming standards as provided in: BCGW File Geodatabase Standards
  • See the guidelines on file based content to assist in the structure of the content.
  • See the Naming and Describing Standards used for the BCGW as these too can assist in building a model or attributes of a file.

AGO (ArcGIS ONLINE) STAGING AREA LOCATION AND ACCESS

  • This is a public facing web enabled location.
  • It is intended for use by BCs Map Hub “content creators” who require URLs for files to be used in ArcGIS Online applications.
  • Files types located in this area should be restricted to images or documents (i.e. png, jpg, pdfs).
  • Data is not permitted to be hosted in this area.
  • Location will be provided when granting access to this directory ...\agol_staging\
  • Directory access requests are to be submitted through Map Services team. Note: IDIR Access to this location is usually provided to content creators during setup of their BCs Map Hub account.
  • Usage notes. The exact path+file extension must be referenced to access from web:
    • for this folder location \data.bcgov\agol_staging\ (add remaining file path here)
    • the URL is: https://pub.data.gov.bc.ca/ago/ (add remaining file path here - including the file name and extension you wish to access)
    • Example: BC Geocoder and Route Planner WAB app demo
      • https://pub.data.gov.bc.ca/ago/resources/apps/WidgetDemo/index.html

BCGW STAGING AREA LOCATION AND ACCESS

  • The Staging Area is only accessible via the GTS Servers.
  • When uploading datasets to Staging, directories are to be mapped as:
    • Location will be provided when granting access to this directory ...\data_staging_bcgw\
    • The second level of the Data Classification Hierarchy is used to determine what folder the data is to be located in. + This location will be assigned by DataBC DA.
  • Directory access requests are to be submitted through Data Architecture Services

BC DATA CATALOGUE AS A STAGING AREA FOR THE BCGW

  • The BC Data Catalogue (BCDC) is accessible to all IDIRs who are authorized on behalf of their branch or suborg to manage their data holdings. https://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/
  • Data intended for the BCGW and stored within BCDC’s file store, are tabular with coordinate values that can be projected into point locations.
  • To acquire accounts for BCDC contact BC Data Catalogue Services team
  • To publish data to the BCGW contact Data Architecture Services

DBC STAGING AREA LOCATION AND ACCESS

  • The DBC Staging Area is only accessible via the GTS Servers and to a small set of users.
  • When uploading datasets to DBC Staging, directories are to be mapped as:
    • will be provided when granting access to this directory ...\data_staging_dbc\
  • Directory access requests are to be submitted through Data Architecture Services

TILECACHE STAGING AREA LOCATION AND ACCESS

  • This staging area is only accessible to those who are part of creating the tilecache.
  • DataBC Webmapping manages and provides access.
  • Files in this directory must meet the requirements as with any other published files.
    • One acceptation is that all feature classes will be stored in a single FGDB per tilecache.
  • For more information, contact Map Services team.

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