Part of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, Esri Geoportal Server is a free, open source product that enables discovery and use of geospatial resources including datasets, rasters, and Web services. It helps organizations manage and publish metadata for their geospatial resources to let users discover and connect to those resources. The Geoportal Server supports standards-based clearinghouse and metadata discovery applications.
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.
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
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.
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.
System requirements for Esri Geoportal Server are based on your product version and platform configuration.
Please see the latest installation requirements in the Geoportal Server Web help.