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 Contact information for executive council members below:

Agency Executive Representative Contact
Dept. of Natural Resources Ed Fogels (907)269-8431
Dept. of Transportation Marc Luiken (907)465-3901
Dept. of Military and Veteran’s Affairs Mike O’Hare (907) 428-6003
Dept. of Fish & Game Sam Cotton (907)465-4100
Dept. of Environmental Conservation Larry Hartig (907)465-5065
University of Alaska Robert McCoy (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 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 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,, 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 domain.

What will happen to domain?

This domain is owned by and hosted by UAF-GINA. We will use the 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

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. :)