The role of a GIS information portal is to connect geospatial data producers and users by enabling producers of geospatial information resources to create and post metadata records (citations describing their information resources) and giving users access to those resources.
further improve geographic information system (GIS) data access over the Web,
ESRI has updated its GIS Portal Toolkit for ArcGIS. GIS Portal Toolkit is a free
technology and services solution for implementing local, regional, national, and
global spatial data infrastructure (SDI) portals. The toolkit gives users a Web
site starter and all the functional capabilities needed to deploy a GIS portal
for an organization's SDI.
role of a GIS information portal is to connect geospatial data producers and
users by enabling producers of geospatial information resources to create and
post metadata records (citations describing their information resources) and
giving users access to those resources.
the many users of GIS Portal Toolkit is the state of
Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services used
the toolkit to create the Mississippi Geospatial Clearinghouse (MGC). The
clearinghouse lets users view and obtain GIS data, maps, information, and much
more, to help them build effective GIS applications. It also acts as a central
location to store and implement the Mississippi Digital Earth Model,
which establishes a state digital land base that will provide the basis for a
uniform GIS in each county.
Portal Toolkit is now based on ESRI's ArcGIS Server technology and includes the
following enhancements: support for finalized Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.
(OGC), specification standards; a REST-style interface for searching and
supporting OpenSearch, GeoRSS, and KML; LDAP authentication support for improved
security; configurable support for ISO 19139 metadata profiles, Federal Geographic Data
Committee (FGDC) metadata and Dublin Core metadata; integrated
clip-zip-ship function for data download; and improved context-sensitive help
and product documentation.
provides two training opportunities for organizations that plan on implementing
the GIS Portal Toolkit. One option, Workshop at ESRI in Redlands,
provides three days of hands-on training at the ESRI Learning Center in
Redlands, California. This low-cost package includes the complete software
package and instructional materials. The other option, On-Site Technology
Transfer Package, provides three days of on-site training and two days of
on-site assistance with installation and configuration of the organization's GIS
Portal Toolkit for ArcGIS Server 9.3 is a free solutions-based technology from
ESRI Professional Services. It requires ESRI's ArcGIS Server Standard or
more information, visit
www.esri.com/gisportaltoolkit or e-mail portal@esri. Users outside the United States
should contact their ESRI international distributor (www.esri.com/distributors).
New Version of Free GIS Portal Toolkit Improves Data Access
October 6, 2008