updated 9/13/2010 2:45:46 AM ET 2010-09-13T06:45:46

REDLANDS, Calif., Sept. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Esri expands the power of geoportals with the release of the ArcGIS Server 10 Geoportal extension. The extension allows organizations to quickly set up Web sites, called geoportals that help them manage and share their geospatial information externally with the public or internally with employees.

Geoportals manage resources by registering (storing and cataloging) the resources' metadata. At version 10, the extension provides tools to simplify registering, managing, using, and integrating these resources by introducing server-side resource synchronization, which replaces the harvesting tool and services from earlier versions. Once a resource is registered with the geoportal, the geoportal will monitor the resources for changes and availability and automatically update its catalog entry.

Now, searching, browsing, and using geographic information system (GIS) data registered with a geoportal allows federated searching so that users can find multiple catalogs registered with the geoportal at once. The updates also give users the ability to search ArcGIS Search Services, which is an ArcGIS Server service that makes available, to the local network, a searchable index of an organization's GIS content. The search service is integrated into the geoportal's interface, so there's no need for users to exit the extension to find what they need.

For more information, visit www.esri.com/geoportal/whatsnew .

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com/news .

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