Building a GIS Data Portal for Emergency Services

Every city and county requires an authoritative and reliable geographic portal to support emergency services needs. Students will learn how to prepare and evaluate data as they harvest internal and external GIS data resources. This course will take students through the configuration process of building backend infrastructure to setup a geoportal server within Amazon Web Services.



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Building a GIS Data Portal for Emergency Services

Join this class to access 10 lessons that give you the ability to configure a Geoportal for emergency management.

One stop shop

(aka Reviewing effective data portals)

A gunnysack of data

(aka Harvesting internal and external data sources)

Establishing trust

(aka Entering authoritative metadata)

The premises

(aka Assess requirements for on-prem or off-prem)

The cloud admin

(aka Creating an AWS Cloud Deployment)

Software needs

(aka Install software on AWS)

The serving engine

(aka Configure Geoportal Server)

Setup map services

(aka Enable REST services)

Quick find

(aka Enhance the search function)

It's an emergency

(aka Understand your emergency management usecases)

You also get access to these bonuses

Bonus 1:

A template architecture diagram

Value $79


Bonus 2:

A list of quick fixes for geoportal problems

Value $99

Bonus 3:

A template set of emergency management portal requirements

Value $159


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Video Demos

Narrated industry stories and software demos


Applied tasks using data and GIS software

Instructor Access

Instructor review and feedback on deliverables


Project sign off and college certification


What can you achieve with these Geoportal configuration skills?

With these skills you’ll be able to build an authoritative and dependable Geoportal for emergency management.

Harvest relevant data

You will locate internal and external data sources to populate your map service

Configure Geoportal on AWS

You will learn how to be the AWS administrator for the Geoportal

Present maps for emergency usecases

You will know how to present critical data in a user friendly display.


About the Instructor

Karen Volarich has over 20 years of experience working in GIS at the federal, state, and local levels. She has expertise in GIS systems architecture, application development, data acquisition and integration with non-GIS systems.  She has primarily worked in disaster response and situational awareness.

  • Why my course is useful

    All organizations have made a move to central dissemination of geographic data for rapid decision making. For emergency management, there are many considerations for data and enduser needs. This course gives you the skills to setup a geographic portal quickly and reliably before you are under stressful conditions.

  • Why I built it

    There was software. There was a need. That's it. I never took a course that showed me how to do this project. And therefore, it took a lot of trial, error, and many discussions to produce my first Geoportal. I know that emergency management deals with lives and property so I wanted others to have a shortcut to improve safety and emergency response.

  • What I hope for you

    Take this course and you can show up at the table with an informed technical voice. Rather than trying to figure out the components, you'll be able to make your architecture decisions with certainty. I want you to join the club of GIS architects that truly save lives!



Building a GIS Data Portal for Emergency Services

Who is this class for?

The GIS industry is projected to be worth $18B by 2023. Despite this massive growth in new applications, there hasn’t been a single place for all of us to quickly learn tried and true skills from successful Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Until Now! The people that purchase this course are:

  • College students and graduates looking to get fast track industry insights

  • Government professionals looking to retrain themselves and remain relevant

  • Corporate professionals looking to maintain a competitive advantage with relevant projects.



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