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 catalogs the metadata of the resources as well as the information to access those resources.
Geoportal inventories all the metadata of the registered geospatial resources in a geoportal catalog service, which is an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant CS-W 2.0.2 service.
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.
Geoportals support REST, GeoRSS, KML, SOAP, and ATOM to simplify its integration with external Web sites and applications.
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.
Geoportals can automatically monitor registered resources and synchronize any changes to the catalog service.
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 Organization for Standardization (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.
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.
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).
You can preview geospatial resources with the included streamlined map previewer or integrate your own map viewer.
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.