Map Packages: Share ArcMap 10 Map Documents [MXD] & Associated Data
Since ArcGIS 9.3.1 was released, you have been able to package a layer in a map as a layer package (.lpk) and easily share it via e-mail or upload it to ArcGIS Online. With ArcGIS 10, complete map documents can be shared using Map Packages [MPK].
A map package contains an ArcMap document (.mxd) and the data referenced by the layers it contains, packaged into one convenient, portable file. The package includes the map document (version 10 mxd) and all the associated data, even if the data is from diverse drive(s)/folder(s).
Map package are a great way to archive your data or project. Also, you can share map packages the way you share other digital files, e.g., on an FTP site or as an email attachment. But you can also share your packages on ArcGIS.com. You can use map packages to create different editing scenarios – for example to show samples of how the results of using one editing tool vary from another.
To create a Map Package, open your ArcMap document, click File on the top bar menu, and from the dropdown list click Create Map Package. You can follow step by step below to create map package using ArcGIS 10.