End of an era

GINA shut down public web services hosted on AlaskaMapped.org on March 1st, 2017. This affected the GINA BDL, SDMI Ortho, GINA USGS Topographic Maps, Nautical Charts, and other data layers hosted publicly on AlaskaMapped.org. Since March 1st we have been providing free access GINA Tokens to allow our users to continue to work unhindered, and will transition to a paid subscription after May 1st, 2017.

We understand this is a very short time for the user community to be made aware of this change. The transition period is limited, but we will do what we can to help users move on to the new service provider.


Going forward UAF-GINA will offer a fee-based subscription service to help our many users with existing services that will not be covered by the new RFP, or by existing funded projects. Subscription fees cover the cost of the provision of services and allow users to continue to access GINA web services. Payments will be accepted via credit card, check, or, for larger subscriptions, RSA.

The web services subscription will cover the following services for internal use*

  • wms.alaskamapped.org/ortho
  • wms.alaskamapped.org/bdl
  • wms.alaskamapped.org/extras
  • wms.alaskamapped.org/charts
  • Other existing endpoints**

* Internal use means: use on the subscriber’s internal network and for use in static publications. Internal use does not include the use of GINA web services on public facing web applications.
** Tiles will be determined through custom pricing

Annual subscription costs:

# of users annual subscription cost payment methods
10-day guest pass $0karma
individual $1,500credit card, annual payment
3 - 5 users $4,000credit card, annual payment
6 - 10 users $8,000credit card, recurring quarterly payments
11 - 20 users $14,000credit card, recurring quarterly payments
21 - 30 users $25,000check or RSA
31 + users $30,000check or RSA
Specialized Support custom pricingTBD
Tile services custom pricingTBD
Public-facing web services $12,000TBD

Contact us with questions: 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.


We have enjoyed serving the mapping community in Alaska for the past decade. In partnership with great users, 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 more than one hundred million maps, and this work became core to our mission. We’re proud to have worked with the mapping community over the past ten years, incorporating user feedback and data to make our services better. It’s been fun. Thanks for helping us along the way.
Thanks - The team at GINA

The Alaska Geospatial Council (AGC) has chosen to transfer imagery services provision to a contract with a commercial provider. The commercial provider 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.

Details on the GeoNorth are available on AGC Imagery Services page. The new GeoNorth-hosted site is located at gis.dnr.alaska.gov

What Services Have Been 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

Users of the affected services will see a notification URL burned 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.

Please contact us through support@gina.alaska.edu if you have questions or concerns.

GINA Best Data Layer

Map of GINA's Best Available Imagery Data Layer - collection of imagery contributed to GINA's imagery archive from state, federal, local government, and research projects.


SDMI Ortho Layers

Map of the SDMI Ortho RGB, CIR & Panchromatic layers


USGS Topographic Charts

Map of GINA's Topographic Charts Service - A unique collection that includes the USGS Topographic Charts of Alaska, Canadian Topographic Charts, Russian Charts and and circum-polar maps.


NOAA Nautical Charts

Map of GINA's NOAA Nautical Charts Service


Extras Layers

A variety of extra layers GINA makes available to GIS users. Includes the first digitial statewide map, MatSu LiDAR DEM, and other layers.


GINA BDL and SDMI Ortho RGB Comparison

A side-by-side view of GINA BDL and the Statewide Orthomosaic RGB layer


SDMI Ortho RGB & CIR Comparison

A side-by-side view of Orthomosaic RGB & CIR layers