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Welcome to the EEA GIS Wiki, your comprehensive resource for learning about the GIS infrastructure and applications at the European Environment Agency (EEA). This wiki serves as a knowledge hub, providing valuable insights and guidelines for working with ArcGIS Pro, Portal for ArcGIS, Web App Builders, and other essential tools. From guidelines on publishing GIS services to ensuring adherence to EEA design standards, this wiki covers a wide range of topics to support authors in providing maps, charts, data, and metadata. Additionally, we delve into spatial data infrastructures, catalogues, and the importance of grids in spatial analysis. Get ready to expand your GIS knowledge and leverage the EEA's GIS resources effectively.

Learning section

Here you can find useful technical tutorials prepared by the Discomap support team.

GIS workflows & guidelines

This section contains links to guidelines and templates related to handling spatial data in EEA.

Publishing services

Map services play a pivotal role in supporting the mission and core values of the European Environment Agency (EEA). These services serve a wide range of purposes, from internal use to the dissemination of public information, covering EEA's key thematic areas. Given the dynamic nature of the information and the evolving requirements associated with these services, it is imperative that we establish and adhere to a standardized approach for requesting and maintaining them. In this document, we will explore the essential guidelines and practices for service publication utilizing ArcGIS Pro in conjunction with ArcGIS Servers and Portal for ArcGIS. By following these recommendations, we can ensure the highest standards of data quality, streamline workflows, and maximize the benefits of our GIS initiatives. Let us embark on this journey of effective service publication and make a lasting impact in the world of geospatial information.

Publishing guidelines

Avoiding Mapped Network Drives for ArcGIS Server

Using mapped network drives for registering folders in ArcGIS Server can lead to path resolution issues and server unawareness. Always use the full network path to ensure consistent and reliable access. This guide explains why using mapped network drives can cause issues and how to avoid them.

Path Resolution Problems:

Mapped drives are essentially shortcuts created on a user's local machine. The server cannot resolve these shortcuts to the actual network locations without having the same mappings. Using full network paths ensures consistency and is universally accessible from any machine or service within the network, making it a reliable method for data registration.

To avoid issues when registering folders to ArcGIS Server, always use the full network path within the ArcGIS Pro environment instead of mapped network drives.

Example of Mapped Drive Path: Z:\folder Example of Full Network Path: \\cwsfileserver.eea.dmz1\folder

When registering a folder in ArcGIS Server, enter the full path: \\cwsfileserver.eea.dmz1\folder

Other guidelines

Creating a consistent user experience for our digital products:

EEA Design System