View Full Version : Help with Converting Shape Files to MapPoint

06-01-2011, 05:48 PM
I know that there have been at least two separate posts which have dealt with the issue of inputting or creating Congressional Districts onto Map Point, the latest of which I have posted here.

Unfortunately the answers or process to get the results desired were never fully discussed. Can anyone write down what programs and/or what steps one must take to convert Shapefile (.shp) extensions to work with MapPoint? The data that I'm using like in the previous post is Census zip files that are available from this site (110th Congressional Districts Cartographic Boundary Files - U.S. Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cob/cd110.html#shp)) This could also apply to other things such as Zip and Area Codes, School and Assembly Districts and any other line driven electoral areas.

Thanks in advance for all the help.

Eric Frost
06-01-2011, 06:59 PM
Can you post a sample file as an attachment?


06-02-2011, 12:14 AM
Sure thing,

The attachment located in this replay is the zip containing all the cartographic boundary files for every state and CD of the 110th congress (since the boundaries did not change for the 111 there is no page) from the link above provided by the U.S. Census.

Since the Census bureau publishes most of their data on these extensions it goes beyond Congressional Districts (such as census tracks, regions, divisions, block groups, even school districts, numerically coded Zip Codes, and Native American Reservations).

This doesn't even get to the fact that I'm looking to gather demographic data to look at in both MapPoint and Google Earth with the CD, Census and Political boundaries. The statistics that I'm looking over are simple enough. They will involve population, voting groups and statistics and the like.

I know that Mappoint can data import from Excel but I'm pretty sure that only applies to data and not boundaries per say. I'm relatively new to Excel but I've gotten pretty handy with it by now. I'm really new to MapPoint and don't know how to handle it much.

Beyond simply converting Shape file extensions (which I have no idea how to do) I could use some instruction and advice with compiling numeric as well as geographic numbers and figures onto a map. The same would apply to learning the same "knobs and buttons" on Google maps if anyone could help me in that area as well.

Thanks again Eric for the response and for anyone else whom can help.

06-02-2011, 09:24 AM
You are not going to be able to import new boundaries for use by the Data Import Wizard (eg. new zip code boundaries, new census tracts,etc).

What you could do is to import your shape file as a series of shapes drawn on the map. Is that the kind of thing you are trying to do? If so, then there are 2-3 utilities that can do this. Of course I sell one :-) It is called MPSuperShape. Further information and a free 14 day trial can be found at MPSuperShape: Shape Manipulation (http://www.mpsupershape.com)

There's a free demo add-in floating around that can import MIF and SHP files but has various problems. If you're into hacking code then you can probably get it to work for WGS84 / geographic coordinates. It would take more work to add different projection systems (MPSuperShape supports pretty much any continuous projection / coordinate system in use in the GIS world)