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ArcGIS for Server

This module aims at giving students practice in publishing GIS services using ArcGIS for Server technologies. ArcGIS for Server is the solution proposed by Esri to share GIS resources over the web. The ArcGIS for Server deployment options will be introduced together with the supported web services capabilities, the available server-client communication protocols, cloud-computing paradigm and existing efforts dedicated to standards development in GIS. The following geospatial web services will be discussed in details: map service, caching service, feature service, geoprocessing service and image services.
ArcGIS Online platform will serve as example of online cloud-computing application helping users to both search published GI resources and to share their authoritative resources as web services.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the benefits of Web GIS
  • Outline the main capabilities of ArcGIS Online Platform
  • Describe  the key functionalities of geospatial web services
  • Define the web services supported by ArcGIS for Server technologies
  • Publish spatial data as Map Service, Feature Service, Image Service and Cached Map Service
  • Publish spatial analysis tools as Geoprocessing Services
  • Develop your own Client application using the Esri API’s


Dr. Manfred Mittlböck
Research Studios Austria - iSPACE
Schillerstr. 25, A-5020 Salzburg
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Academic Background: Geography and GIScience (1999) in the field of internet mapping technologies. His research interests aim at geospatial data infrastructures, web based geo-collaboration, geospatial analyses for the energy domain, bridging GIS and theoretically 'non-geographic' fields with server based workflow integration of GIS technology focusing on real time geoawareness. Started working with Oracle Spatial in 2002 focusing on the integration with web based geo-collaboration frameworks.


We would like to inform you that this is an exclusively English language module. Therefore, any kind of communication with the module instructor should be in English. The module is delivered in form of an instructed self-study that is based on explorative learning process and process. Theoretical concepts are complemented with practice oriented examples demonstrated with the help of several exercises defined for almost all lessons. A discussion forum is used for communication among students and the instructor. A discussion forum is maintained in the Moodle platform in order to support efficient module instruction. You are requested to submit all your questions related to this module to this forum only. The instructor will check all incoming comments on a regular basis. She will answer your questions or provide you with pointers for solving your problems. Upon completion of the module students are requested to evaluate the module, which is a part of our quality assurance policy and practice.


  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.2
  • ArcGIS Server 10.2
  • ArcGIS Online platform: the access to the ArcGIS Online UIA private instance is granted by request.
  • Esri Maps for Service: application that brings mapping capabilities to the Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • JavaScript WebApp Builder application

Assessment and Grading

The assessment is based on your completed assignments. They must be submitted in written format (.PDF) within the required time period. The web applications developed during these assignments have to be published in the ArcGIS Online platform and shared with the “ArcGIS for Server Module Assignments” Group. Therefore, the other students can get insight about the work of their fellows and can give feedback on the published applications. Besides the assignments, the module offers different exercises that aim at giving the students praxis into the ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online platform technologies. The exercises are not mandatory and thus, they are not included in the module assessment. However, they might ease the fulfilment of the tasks defined in the assignments.  
If the assignment(s) is/ are handed after the announced deadline, the instructor is not obligated to grade it/them. It will be listed as such on your transcript.

Basic Informations

Start: 2 x per year
Duration: 3 months
Language: Englisch
Credits: 6 ECTS
Registration deadline: two weeks before start

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