Gizinta Settings Documentation

The Gizinta tools are organized to perform Extract, Transform, and Load functions to help move your data from existing data sources to a defined target Geodatabase model. The tools are simple and make it easy to solve many common data movement challenges.

All of the processing is set up in a either a Gizinta Playlist file which runs individual processing by dataset on Gizinta Xml files, or just a Gizinta Xml file to process a single dataset. The options for setting up these file are described below.

Settings in Gizinta Xml Files

There are a number of configuration options available that will help you to get data from your sources to a target Geodatabase.
Gizinta Xml documents are easily customizable and contains 3 main parts:

  1. Extract – Your data sources such as Road centerlines, land parcels, CAD floorplan drawings, or utilities. This is usually just a raw extract of the data, the key thing here you want the extracted data to have the same table/feature class names as the target data model. This will help later in processing since Gizinta uses ArcGIS Append tools and internal logic to move data between tables with the same name.
  2. Transform – Once imported, this section defines a set of transformations to be performed. The 2 main parts are Adding Fields and Calculating Values, and then running QA/QC on both the source values and target values.
    1. Generally this is a definition of the Source field name, the Target field name, and the method to use to create the Target values such as None, Copy, ValueMap, and PythonExpression.
    2. This section also contains the detailed QA settings for your sources and targets
  3. Load – Settings to automate the update of your target Geodatabase. This may be a one-time load of all of your data, a batch update of a portion of the data, or an incremental update based on differences. Several tools are included with Gizinta to support common approaches for data updates, this config section will contain specific information for your setup.