End of an era

GINA will shut down public web services hosted on AlaskaMapped.org on March 1st, 2017. This will affect the GINA BDL, SDMI Ortho, GINA USGS Topographic Maps, Nautical Charts, and other data layers hosted publicly on AlaskaMapped.org.

We understand this is a very short time for the user community to be made aware of this change. We will immediately begin burning notice overlays into tile and WMS services to alert the user community. The transition period is limited, but we will do what we can to help users move on to the new service provider.

GINA Tokens now available to allow continued use of the web map services through the end of April. See the token details page for details.

The Alaska Geospatial Council (AGC) has chosen to transfer imagery services provision to a contract with a commercial provider. They will distribute the Alaska Statewide imagery (SDMI ortho) web services. The contractor, GeoNorth, is a long time partner and an active contributor to the State’s imagery program. GeoNorth has partnered with the UAF Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) and Terra Pixel, LLC to provide the AGC’s Geospatial Imagery Services for the next two years.

GeoNorth contract has been awarded. Details available on AGC Imagery Services page. New GeoNorth hosted site will be hosted gis.dnr.alaska.gov when it becomes live.

We have enjoyed serving you, the mapping community in Alaska, for the past decade. In partnership with great users like you, we’ve grown our now extremely popular open standards web services from a handful of users and products to a service used by thousands every month, drawing a map to a user screen every second, around the clock. We’ve served you more than one hundred million maps, and this work became core to our mission. We’re proud to have worked with you over the past ten years, incorporating your feedback and data to make our services to you, the Alaska mapping community, better. It’s been fun. Thanks for helping us along the way.

Thanks - The GINA team

WHAT SERVICES ARE AFFECTED?

The GINA web mapping services hosted on alaskamapped.org are affected. This includes three key end points for the SDMI imagery: the GINA BDL, GINA extras, and GINA charts.

Statewide SPOT5 orthoimage web services:

  • wms.alaskamapped.org/ortho -> ended at GINA - replacement will be performed by the new commercial provider.

GINA BDL, GINA Extras and GINA Charts web services:

  • wms.alaskamapped.org/bdl -> public facing service ended - both as tiles and WMS.
  • wms.alaskamapped.org/extras -> public facing service ended - both as tiles and WMS.
  • wms.alaskamapped.org/charts - > public facing service ended - both as tiles and WMS

We have immediately starting notifying users of the affected services by burning a notification URL into the service requests. Desktop WMS users will see the URL notice burned into their WMS queries in the bottom left of the rendered images. Web map users consuming tiles derived from the WMS will see a subset of the tiles provided back with the URL notice burned into a tile or two. This means Google Maps, Google Earth, ESRI ArcGIS Online, OpenLayers, Leaflet, and other web based users will start seeing the notice URL scattered around their web map randomly.

We will focus on providing a continuation of services to UAF-GINA partners through existing funded projects. Please contact us through support@gina.alaska.edu if you have questions or concerns.

Continued Services

UAF-GINA will offer a fee-based subscription service to allow us to help our many users with existing services that will not be covered by the new RFP, or by existing funded projects. If you are interested in such a service, please email support@gina.alaska.edu

Project Partners: If you are a partner who GINA works with on a funded project, you will continue to have access to the complete suite of GINA-provided web services. Please contact us so we can work with you to set up our authorization systems and provide you continued access after March 1.

Questions and answers - FAQ

We expect many of the user community will have questions. We will update a FAQ section as details of this transition are communicated to GINA.

For questions regarding this decision or its implementation, the best contact will be the AGC.

Members of the Alaska Geospatial Council are listed on the agc.dnr.alaska.gov/agc.cfm. Contact information for executive council members below:

Agency Executive Representative Contact
Dept. of Natural Resources Ed Fogels ed.fogels@alaska.gov (907)269-8431
Dept. of Transportation Marc Luiken marc.luiken@alaska.gov (907)465-3901
Dept. of Military and Veteran’s Affairs Mike O’Hare mike.ohare@alaska.gov (907) 428-6003
Dept. of Fish & Game Sam Cotton sam.cotten@alaska.gov (907)465-4100
Dept. of Environmental Conservation Larry Hartig larry.hartig@alaska.gov (907)465-5065
University of Alaska Robert McCoy rpmccoy@alaska.edu (907)474-5882

How can I get a copy of the RFP and responses?

The state RFP #170007285 for Geospatial Imagery Services is available at

The vendor questions and the state responses can be found at

DNR procurement staff requested that you email marlys.hagen@alaska.gov to receive copies of the RFP responses and evaluations.

What services will the new commercial provider offer?

The new contract is focused on the distribution of the SDMI statewide SPOT5 orthomosaic and the following 2016 SPOT67 refresh of selected areas. This means the new imagery service will start out as a homogeneous collection of the SPOT satellite, SDMI licensed, dataset which will provide the equivalent of the GINA wms.alaskamapped.org/ortho WMS dataset.

What about all that other imagery stuff?

The GINA Best Available Data Layer, aka GINA BDL, is made up of multiple imagery data sources. We’ve ensured through the years that the datasets contributed to the GINA imagery archive and integrated into the GINA BDL were licensed for academic use and academic distribution by GINA. These datasets are not covered by, and in some cases not licensed for, distribution by a commercial contractor or the State of Alaska.

This means GINA will be working with the community to determine a viable business model that could allow this valuable data collection and service to continue in some form. GINA feels the approach taken by the BDL - give people quick and easy access to the best image available in their area of interest is what is needed.

What about the non-imagery datasets - like the USGS historical topographic maps and Canadian and Russian topo maps?

The wms.alaskamapped.org/extras, wms.alaskamapped.org/charts, and offered a unique set of statewide datasets that augmented a user’s base layers in a unique and valuable way.

What GINA web services are affected by this?

GINA hosts many web services that will not be affected by this shutdown. This web services shutdown is focused on the extremely popular web services on the alaskamapped.org domain.

What will happen to alaskamapped.org domain?

This domain is owned by and hosted by UAF-GINA. We will use the alaskamapped.org website to keep the user community informed during this process. GINA hopes to find a new sustainable finance model for the evolution of the web services.

What happened to the content from alaskamapped.org?

It is not lost.

One of the last activities GINA had been working on before the end of the contract was a full website conversion and update. Many of the key historical SDMI details and SDMI imagery program details have been migrated over to the the AGC website already. We had rewritten the content into a new hosting environment and it needed copy-editing and sanity checking by the AGC before it went live. The new website was planned to be a community asset to allow people to contribute and help us maintain it. We are keeping that idea as a potential option. You might see it show up here in the future. If not we’ll release it into the wild for the community to hack on as they see fit. If you know where to look you can find it right now. :)