LSA ArcGIS for Server Service

GIS

The goal of the ArcGIS for Server Service is to provide LSA researchers access to the scalable data-collaboration and data-sharing capabilities of ESRI's ArcGIS for Server product, without requiring them to acquire, deploy, and manage their own server.

This service is currently: 

For questions or assistance related to this service

Please contact the: LSAIT Service Desk
Enter a Ticket Online | 734.936.3279 | lsa-csg@umich.edu

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Overview

LSA researchers are increasingly interested in working with geospatial data sets using Geographic Information System (GIS) software. At the same time, how these researchers would like to interact with such data is evolving beyond what can be easily supported by the traditional, standalone ArcGIS desktop model. There is a growing need for collaboration, data-sharing, and data-versioning. Researchers desire the ability to access, collect, and analyze data in the field. The overall size of geospatial data sets with which researchers are working are increasing dramatically. And, some researchers would like a shorter learning-curve and simple web-integration for access to basic GIS capabilities.

ESRI’s ArcGIS for Server technology provides the capabilities we need to address these issues:

  • Enterprise geodatabases can handle much larger data sets.
  • Data replication, versioning, and distributed editing enable broader collaboration and data-sharing.
  • Geoprocessing services support more complex, computationally-intensive analyses.
  • Web services allow you provide access to your data via a variety of common standards, such as WCS, WFS, WMS, and KML.
  • Web services provide support for in-the-field data access, collection, and analysis.
  • Web services help lower the bar for access to basic GIS capabilities, enabling simple, rich data-sharing and -dissemination, and supporting enhanced data-discovery through Web GIS technologies like ArcGIS Online and Storymaps.

By providing access to these capabilities at the College level through our ArcGIS for Server Servcie, individual researchers and groups will not have to deal with acquiring, configuring, and maintaining their own ArcGIS for Server infrastructure.

Features: 

The goal of the ArcGIS for Server Service is to provide LSA researchers access to the scalable data-collaboration and data-sharing capabilities of ESRI's ArcGIS for Server product, without requiring them to acquire, deploy, and manage their own server.

Below are some examples of how ArcGIS for Server capabilities can be utilized. We also encourage you to contact us to discuss how you can best leverage  ArcGIS for Server in your research, lsait-ars@umich.edu.

  • Ensure everyone is working on the same data — Enterprise geodatabases allow you to manage the distribution, replication, and versioning of data, so that your team can always be accessing the right data from their web, mobile, or desktop environment. No more passing around and keep track of multiple copies of your data among your collaborators.
  • Work with larger data sets — The size and performance limits for enterprise geodatabases are greatly increased over individual desktop oriented file- and personal-geodatabses.
  • Preserve a snapshots of your data — At milestones, like publication, or the start or end of a field season, you can choose to tag a version of an enterprise geodatabase, which will allow you to always have access to a copy of your data as it was at that point time.You can also merge versions back together, such as tagging a version for each field worker, and then re-integrating them at the end of the day or season, and tracking which data came from whom.
  • Work with your data in the field — Apps for smartphones and tablets, such as ArcGIS and Collector, allow you to collect, view, and analyze data in the field. The apps provide access to your data from an enterprise geodatabase. (Offline access is coming soon, so that you can use these capabilities without relying on access to the Internet.)
  • Publish data sets and maps — You can share your data and maps via a variety of web services using ArcGIS for Server, such as WCS, WMS, WFS, KML, etc., which allow you and others to easily incorporate your data into their other maps and applications, such as Google Earth and ArcGIS Online.
Who can use the service?: 

Researchers in LSA: Note that the ArcGIS for Server Service is intended for active research projects, and not for archiving data over the long-term. If you need such archival services, or anticipate needing them after your projects is completed, then please let us know at lsait-ars@umich.edu, and we can explore or plan for other options.

User Groups: 
Faculty
Researchers
IT Professionals
LSA Units