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USDA, Esri offer cloud-based geospatial service

Redlands, US: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Esri partnered in the implementation of a fully cloud-based geospatial portal. USDA’s prototype portal, Enterprise Spatial Mapping Service (ESMS), is built with Portal for ArcGIS, managed by Esri, and hosted on the Amazon cloud within USDA’s secure environment.
“ESMS empowers nontraditional GIS users, such as programme analysts, economists and research communities, to become confident working with maps and GIS analytic capabilities as part of their work,” said Stephen Lowe, chief geographic information officer for the USDA Enterprise Geospatial Management Office. “The GIS portal is cost-effective and provides rich resources. We anticipate that the service will extend, expand, and enhance department-wide use of spatial data and GIS competencies for a variety of tasks.”
USDA and Esri designed the prototype’s geospatial interfaces with a focus on search and discovery, hosting and publishing USDA-owned data, and the capability to display and analyze data. The private cloud GIS makes the central repository for authoritative content accessible to users within the department. ESMS provides a platform to- Quickly create maps and apps using templates and web mapping APIs.- Form groups to collaborate on projects or common activities.- Share maps and apps with private groups or the entire organisation.- Embed maps and apps in custom web pages or blogs.
Source: Esri