ESRI Selected for Next-Generation GIS Portal

ESRI announced today that it was selected by the Department of the Interior to develop the full implementation of the Geospatial One-Stop Operational Portal (GOS 2). This next-generation technology represents a dramatic advance not only for geographic information system (GIS) on the Internet but also for the entire geospatial field. It will provide new ways of sharing geospatial information that will help improve the business of government and decision-making processes.

Since its launch in July 2003, the prototype, developed by ESRI, has provided a central site for posting and discovering metadata about agency resources. More than 75,000 metadata records are compiled at the site.

GOS 2 will provide an easier, faster and more integrated implementation that creates a spatial marketplace, which supplies notification of planned data acquisitions as well as data needs.

A new method for integrated spatial and subject searching uses the proven Google Search Appliance and allows for subsecond metadata searches. Implementation of newly established Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) specifications improves the level of interoperability of GOS 2. The experience ESRI gained through administering GOS 1 has directly led to improvements in usability and functionality and the development of powerful, new tools for community building. GOS 2 will make searching for geospatial resources easier to use, while providing more advanced searching capabilities.

GOS 2 employs IBM WebSphere Portal to provide a true, customizable portal framework for running portlet applications and creating a personalized user experience. WebSphere Portal enables and supports communities of interest, while managing which members collaborate and how they interact through its user group management and secure login capabilities.

"It is hard to overestimate the importance of GOS 2 and what this next generation of Web standard technology will bring," says Jack Dangermond, ESRI president. "GOS 2 implements the GIS portal vision in a simple and standards-based environment that will provide a gateway for accessing GIS services and data. GIS will become accepted across the Web and information technology world as a platform for providing geographic knowledge."


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