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How link to longitude & latitude fields
Posted by: Jim M
Date: October 26, 2011 07:12AM

NEWBIE GIS help!

I am attempting to relate (link) to the latitude/longitude fields stored in spatial MYSQL5.1 DBMS created with GIS program (Manifold System) by using Filemaker or other DB programs to access. I have the FM ODBC driver (Actual Technologies) and can access the MYSQL tables. The tables look odd!

The problem I have is the tables in MYSQL5.1 do not appear to be normal looking tables to a Novice when I view in Workbench on the server. I assume this is because MYSQL manages the data how it wants for efficiency. They look normal when viewing in my GIS program. So I am unable to identify the lon/lat fields to create the external relationship.

What is the trick? Do I need to create a new table upload it to MYSQL via my GIS program & configure certain field types, then link to that new table?

My goal is to use my GIS program locational data (lat/lon) linked (related) to my Filemaker data table (lat/lon).

Any tips would be most helpful. Many thanks.

- Jim M

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