LSA ArcGIS for Server Service


The ArcGIS for Server Service provides members of LSA with access to the all enterprise-level data collaboration, sharing, and management features, web services, and geoprocessing capabilities of ESRI's ArcGIS for Server, 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: LSA IT Service Desk
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ArcGIS for Server provides the enterprise-level capabilities of ESRI's ArcGIS software suite.  It enables you to centrally manage your GIS assets, power your enterprise GIS with web services, offer support for real-time GIS, easily share imagery, provide access to spatial data in databases, extend the reach of GIS capabilities using client apps, and integrate GIS with existing IT infrastructure.  The LSA IT ArcGIS for Server Service provides members of the LSA community with access to ArcGIS for Server capabilities, without having to acquire, operate, and maintain their own server infrastructure.  Additionally, the LSA IT ArcGIS server is integrated with campus single-sign-on solutions.

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,

  • Ensure everyone is working with 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 GIS environment. No more passing around and struggling to 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 desktop-oriented GIS storage formats.
  • Preserve a snapshots of your data — At milestones, like publication or the start or end of a field season, you can create an archive version of your enterprise geodatabase, which will allow you to always have access to a copy of your data as it was at that point time.
  • Tag and manage versions of your data — At any point in time you can tag and branch off a version of your data, so that you can try something out without messing up your original data, or to provide field works with the subset of data they need for their activities that day. Later, you can review and merge any changes in your version back with the original data set.
  • 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.
  • Tackle complex, computationally-intensive geoprocessing tasks — Use server resources to preform advanced GIS analysis, which may take too long using your desktop resources.

This service utilizes ESRI ArcGIS for Server capabilities to support:

  • Enterprise geodatabases, which can handle much larger data sets than desktop-centric GIS storage models.
  • Data replication, versioning, and distributed editing capabilities, for simple, yet powerful, data collaboration, sharing, and management.
  • Geoprocessing services to enable more complex, computationally-intensive analyses than achievable with standard laptop and desktop GIS use.
  • Web services to provide access to your data via a variety of common standards, such as WCS, WFS, WMS, and KML.
  • Web services to enable support for in-the-field data access, collection, and analysis, both in offline and online situations.
  • Web services which aid in lowering the bar for access to basic GIS capabilities, enabling simple, rich data-sharing and -dissemination, and support for enhanced data-discovery through Web GIS technologies, such as ArcGIS Online and Storymaps.

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

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, and we can explore or plan for other options.

User Groups: 
IT Professionals
LSA Units