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Esri Geoportal Server 1.2.5

Learn about what's new in the Esri Geoportal Server 1.2.5.

How to Set Up Esri Geoportal Server 1.2.2 on Windows is a new whitepaper that updates the article How to Set Up an Esri Geoportal Server from the Summer 2011 issue of ArcUser. It gives step-by-step instructions for installing Esri Geoportal Server on an internal Windows test machine.

Key Features

Esri Geoportal Server helps you build and administer a geoportal Web site where data producers can register their geospatial resources for users to discover and consume. The geoportal does not duplicate these resources but stores and catalogues the metadata of the resources as well as the information to access those resources.

Data Cataloguing

Geoportal inventories all the metadata of the registered geospatial resources in a geoportal catalogue service, which is an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant CS-W 2.0.2 service.

Geoportal Administration

Geoportals help you maintain the quality, currentness, and availability of registered resources by providing tools to evaluate new entries, control access to metadata and resources, and integrate the geoportal with other enterprise systems.

Simple Integration
Geoportals support REST, GeoRSS, KML, SOAP, and ATOM to simplify its integration with external Web sites and applications.
Flexible Security
Geoportals support simple authentication or user authentication, with an external Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), for access and security. LDAP authentication allows you to designate record-level metadata access as unrestricted, public-protected, or restricted.
Server-side Synchronisation
Geoportals can automatically monitor registered resources and synchronise any changes to the catalogue service.

Data Publishing

Data producers publish their resources to the geoportal by registering the resource's metadata with the geoportal's catalog service; supported resources include datasets, analyses, tools, and Web services. Geoportals include simple tools for generating and registering metadata. Publishers can directly create metadata in the Web application, upload their existing metadata to the geoportal, or allow the geoportal to autogenerate metadata.

Support for Common Metadata Profiles

Geoportals support and provide templates for several common metadata profiles, including

  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
  • International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) including support for the North American and Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) profiles
  • Dublin Core
Publish Directly from ArcCatalog
The Publish Client allows data publishers to register geospatial resources directly from ArcCatalog, simplifying their workflow.

Data Discovery

Geoportals provide an easy-to-use interface for users to discover and access resources registered with the geoportal to use in their own projects. They can trust that they are using the most current, best quality resources available.

Simple and Effective Data Search
Search geoportals by keyword and location; smart matching—enhanced by the ontology service—and smart ranking quickly provide the best possible results.
Federated Searching
Search multiple types of search providers, including standards-based XS-W systems, Web 2.0 (OpenSearch) systems, content management systems (CMS), and the document management systems (DMS).
Streamlined Previewer
You can preview geospatial resources with the included streamlined map previewer or integrate your own map viewer.
Simplified Access to Web Services
Geoportals provide direct access to live Web services for previewing and using in your maps and projects.
Efficient Data Download
The Clip-Zip-Ship task optimizes data downloads by allowing you to designate your area-of-interest in the dataset, which the geoportal extracts, packages into a Zip file, and e-mails directly to your inbox.
Search Directly from ArcGIS Applications
The CS-W lients for ArcGIS allow you to search, access, and use geospatial data and services in a geoportal directly from ArcMap and ArcGIS Explorer.