Geodata is information about geographic locations that is stored in a format that can be used with a geographic information system (GIS).
Geodata can be stored in a database, geodatabase, shapefile, coverage, raster image, or even a dbf table or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The following is a list of geodata that can be used with Esri GIS software along with links to topics describing them:
|Databases and ArcGIS
|What is a geodatabase?
|What is raster data?
Tabular data such as dbf tables and Excel spreadsheets
|Tabular data sources
|What is a shapefile?
|What is a coverage?