After the recent user conference ESRI published an interesting list of questions & answers. We thought parts of this were worth reprinting, starting with ArcGIS Online:
“ArcGIS Online is Esri’s open cloud platform for GIS organizations to web-enable their maps and related geographic information for sharing with their users. ArcGIS Online includes tools for geospatial content management, simple web mapping, and ultimately a full GIS running in a hosted cloud platform provided by ArcGIS. This technology includes some online content—hosted basemaps for web, mobile, desktop, and server deployment. It enables users to upload and share their datasets (shapefiles, spreadsheets, map packages, web maps); provides a common catalog for referencing online maps and geoservices; and has tools for organizing shared content into groups for both secure management and organizational purposes. Other system capabilities include being able to easily create maps from your own non-GIS data.”
“ArcGIS Online now supports the following:
• Unique organizational configurations
• Ability to automatically create hosted services (map tile and feature services).
• Support for OGC web services.
• Use of many open data formats (e.g., shapefiles, GPX data, CSV tables, and KML).
• Create online services to process large image datasets (any format).
• Author and serve maps with high quality symbology and other design elements.
• Ability to do online and batch geocoding, advanced routing, and geometric operations such as location/allocation modeling.
ArcGIS Online dramatically simplifies discovery, access, and use of geographic information. This platform also provides the same easy-to-use consumer experience in a new family of mapping apps on popular mobile devices and many browsers. In addition, this platform supports the ability to maintain your complete GIS data in the cloud with capabilities to do web editing, spatial analysis, and a host of custom application developments.”
As a company we are excited about ArcGIS online. True we are an ESRI partner, but that aside, we feel the technology will truly help to widen the reach of location data. Easy publishing and easy access from any device. We’ve already released our first mobile app which uses ArcGIS Online, for more information visit:
As Google, MapQuest and now Apple build out their location technology solutions it will be interesting to see the range of potential solutions we, as a location technology development company, can provide clients.