ESRI Selected for Next-Generation GIS Portal

6 Feb, 2005

ESRI announced that it was selected by the U.S. Department of the Interior to develop the full implementation of GOS 2, the Geospatial One-Stop Operational Portal. That next-generation portal will provide new ways of sharing geospatial information that will help improve the business of government and decision-making processes, reports ESRI.

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.

"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."