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by Sooria Jeyaraman
I discussed accessing and adding of ArcGIS online maps in Community Analyst in my previous blog. This was very useful in adding maps from ArcGIS Online and for further analysis in Community Analyst. As always, we want to take it a step further and make it even more useful. How do we do it? Continue reading
At last week’s Esri Federal User Conference (FedUC) plenary we introduced and previewed some up and coming, but not yet released, products and capabilities for ArcGIS Online. Here’s on overview of ArcGIS Portal, a new product announced at the conference and part of the road ahead for ArcGIS Online.
What is the ArcGIS Portal? Simply put it’s the framework that Esri uses to create our public GIS portal – ArcGIS Online. Using ArcGIS Portal you can bring ArcGIS Online capabilities completely behind your firewall in a secure, self-contained facility. Or implement your own in-house version of ArcGIS Online that features your maps, apps, and tools and provides ways for users within your organization to share resources and form groups and communities, all within your organization’s walls.
Your portal can be used in combination with Esri’s public ArcGIS Online, or can be used in isolation. And, when coupled with the ArcGIS Data Appliance, also includes a selection of the same basemaps and other layers offered via Esri’s public ArcGIS Online.
The prototype shown at the conference was running completely self-contatained, on an isolated hardware environment, and included the ArcGIS Data Appliance and locally hosted versions of the ArcGIS.com map viewer and ArcGIS Explorer Online. Here’s the setup on the stage (photo by Eric Laycock, Esri):
Shown below is the sample startup web page for the on-premises portal that was shown. It’s similar to ArcGIS.com, but has unique branding (the “My Agency” placeholder) and unique links on the page.
The gallery has also been modified to show featured maps and apps from an organization. These placeholders represent what an organization might want to highlight.
Groups can also be created to suit an organization’s needs, and can help department staff find essential resources quickly.
And finally, the map viewer can be configured to open an organization’s chosen basemap (insted of the default World Topo basemap you open when using Esri’s public ArcGIS Online). In the prototype shown during the FedUC we used an imagery basemap zoomed to an area of our choosing, but it could be any basemap chosen by the organization.
Here’s Jack Dangermond’s slide summarizing the ArcGIS Portal:
We’ll be providing more details about the ArcGIS Portal as the product evolves. You can view the video of the ArcGIS Portal demonstration by viewing the timelines published in our previous post on the FedUC.
The 2011 Esri Federal User Conference videos have been posted, and if you’d like to view the ArcGIS Online topics discussed during the opening session, here’s the time stamps to find them.
The complete collection of videos can be found on the 2011 FedUC presentations site. During Jack Dangermond’s opening address ArcGIS Online was highlighted, and included a demonstration of some new features that are not yet released but are forthcoming.
34:30 – Start of Jack Dangermond’s overview of ArcGIS Online
39:10 – ArcGIS Online basemaps tour
43:50 – ArcGIS.com and ArcGIS Online – finding, using, and sharing maps
53:50 – ArcGIS Portal preview
55:37 – Preview of new features and capabilities, including the National Geographic basemap, cross-dateline navigation, temporal services with time slider, WMS services, and KML.
58:50 – Preview of the next release of ArcGIS Explorer Online, with a focus on feature editing and presentations.
We’ll be taking a closer look at each of these in future posts.