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Michigan shifts GIS image data to Esri cloud

The state's IT department is moving 25 terabytes of mapping data to the company's cloud hosting service.

Alex Koma
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Alex Koma is a freelance reporter based in Arlington, Va.

Previously, Koma was a staff reporter for StateScoop covering state and l...


Michigan’s IT department is changing the way it manages the state’s geospatial imagery data.

The GIS software company Esri announced Tuesday that it’s earned a contract from Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget to host the state’s imagery data with its cloud service.

In all, the company will host 25 terabytes of data maintained by the Center for Shared Solutions, an office within the IT department.

“We are proud to partner with the state of Michigan to help them empower their staff across multiple departments and partner with other agencies through sharing common authoritative geospatial data,” Christopher Thomas, Esri's director of government markets, said in a statement. “By hosting and managing imagery services in the Esri cloud, they are able to provide a data resource and shared understanding.”

Specifically, the state will shift its orthophotography and “LiDAR” data to the Esri cloud. The former represents a collection of aerial photographs adjusted to a uniform scale, while the latter is surveying data collected by technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser light. 

State Chief Information Officer David Behen didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the deal from StateScoop.

According to its website, the center is aimed at “leveraging shared infrastructure, applications, data and resources” by encouraging collaboration across the state’s agencies. The center currently hosts 60 statewide mapping databases built on Esri’s “ArcGIS” platform and runs the state’s GIS open data portal.

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