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February 1, 2013

You will notice the following changes over the weekend (exact time will vary as changes propagate over the internet)...

Benefits to You

New Website:

  • Improved appearance
  • Easier navigation
  • Streamlined data access
    • Direct access to pre-packaged data
    • Note: custom data/imagery download and tiled data download are no longer available - see technical explanation below

New/Updated Web Services:

  • Dynamic image services enable enhanced access to more VT imagery
  • Latest imagery is available via cache (including 2012 VT Orthos)
  • New geocoding services
  • Must have ArcGIS 10.x or higher to use new ArcGIS 10.1 web map services

Action You May Need to Take

  • If you currently use VCGI's Basemap, Cached Imagery, or Geocoding Services, the domain remains maps.vcgi.org but you will need to redirect ArcGIS as indicated below:

 Old ArcGIS 9.3.1

 New ArcGIS 10.1

basemap_services/VCGI_BASEMAP_SP

basemap_services/VCGI_BASEMAP_WM

basemap_services/VGIS_BASEMAP_OS_SP

basemap_services/VGIS_BASEMAP_OS_WM

basemap_services/VIL_CACHE_COLOR_SP

basemap_services/VIL_CACHE_COLOR_WM

basemap_services/VIL_CACHE_PAN_SP

basemap_services/VIL_CACHE_PAN_WM

VCGI_services/VCGI_BASEMAP_SP

VCGI_services/VCGI_BASEMAP_WM

* replaced by VCGI_BASEMAP_SP

* replaced by VCGI_BASEMAP_WM

EGC_services/IMG_VCGI_CLR_SP_CACHE

EGC_services/IMG_VCGI_CLR_WM_CACHE

EGC_services/IMG_VCGI_BW_SP_CACHE

EGC_services/IMG_VCGI_BW_WM_CACHE

  • If you are currently using VCGI's geocoding services, you will need to redirect as follows:

Old 9.3.1

New 10.1

EGIS_geocoding_services/GEOCODE_COMPOSITE

EGIS_geocoding_services/GEOCODE_COMPOSITE_WM

EGIS_geocoding_services/GEOCODE_ESITE

EGIS_geocoding_services/GEOCODE_ESITE_WM

EGC_services/GCS_ E911_COMPOSITE_SP

EGC_services/GCS_ E911_COMPOSITE_WM (planned)

EGC_services/GCS_ E911_ESITE_SP

EGC_services/GCS_ E911_ESITE_WM (planned)

More Great Things To Come

  • Webinars to help you navigate the changes (Tour of the new website, How to connect to map and imagery services...)
  • Data warehouse redesign.  We will spend time in 2013 thinking about and re-designing how we store the data we archive as well as how it is made discoverable by and available to you.
  • More cached imagery
  • New USGS topo maps
  • Enhancements to the new Interactive Map Viewer that may impact functionality and data available in the application.

Major Changes at VCGI: The Technical Explanation

New/Updated Web Services

  • ArcIMS has been replaced - This is why custom download and tiled-data download options are no longer available.
  • ArcGIS Server has been upgrade from 9.3.1 to 10.1  - this is why you need ArcGIS 10.1 or higher to use updated web services
  • Dynamic image services enable enhanced access to more VT imagery - more information about this new service will be available soon; keep an eye on the webinar schedule!
  • Latest imagery of all kinds is available via cache (including 2012)
  • Basemap and Imagery are also available as OGC web map services and web cache services

Server Upgrades

  • Complete server upgrade replaces current servers with virtual servers at the VT Dept. of Innovation and Information.
  • Redesigned website
    • same old data warehouse for now minus custom download and tile-download-tool (which may be re-added in the future)
    • prepackaged and pre-staged zip downloads
August 31, 2012

Try the new Interactive Map Viewer December 1, and sign up for the demonstration webinar January 8!

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