Friday Geonews: ESRI’s Open Source Geoportal Server, Yahoo Local Offers, REST Explained Again, MapQuest My Maps, and much more

Here's the weekly batch of geonews, finally on a regular Friday.

On the ESRI front:

  • Recently, ESRI open sourced the ESRI Geoportal Server. Some twitter users were quick to mention that you still need ArcGIS Server software to use the Geoportal Server. [UPDATE: see comments below, it seems such a license is not a requirement after all.] To me, that's still a nice step. Their definition of a geoportal: "A geoportal is a gateway to Web-based geospatial resources, enabling users to discover, view and access geospatial information and services made available by their providing organizations. Likewise, data providers can use the geoportal to make their geospatial resources discoverable, viewable, and accessible to others."
  • The popular blog SpatiallyAdjusted shares some elements that could be improved about the ArcGIS 10 user interface

On the open source front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

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  1. I suggest a small correction to the Geoportal portion of this post:

    Use of the open source Esri Geoportal Server DOES NOT REQUIRE an ArcGIS Server license.

    Esri Geoportal Server consumes ArcGIS REST services for basemap, locator, and reprojections. These services may come from your own server or someone else’s server, such as ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS Online provides various basemaps and these are available at no cost for internal (personal or within an organization) and noncommercial, external use.


    • Thanks Marten… seems we should not believe everything people write… thanks for the important correction! Will update the post right away.


      I have work with the Geoportal Extension 10 for the last couple of days and I must say that it's a pretty interesting solution.  All the required functionalities are there BUT…
      It would have been great if the geoportal could have consume some normalize web services such as WMS instead of limited to ArcGIS REST service for the basemap.  So even it does not required ArcGIS Server, I cannot say that it's a completely separated solution.
      MartinO (