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When adding a zipped shapefile to Business Analyst Online or Community Analyst Online using the Import File option in the Select Location tab, the following error may occur: "Unable to read polygons from shapefile. Invalid data."
Error message "Unable to read polygons from shapefile. Invalid Data"
The shapefile is saved with a WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere projection. This projection is a known limit of the application and therefore cannot be used.
The shapefile must be re-projected to a different coordinate system such as WGS_1984, NAD_1983, or a State Plane coordinate system.