About the AVMSS

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Purpose

The AmericaView Multi-State Server (AVMSS) is a shared resource owned and operated by and for members of the AmericaView Remote Sensing Consortium. Its purpose is to provide a test bed for the development and testing of web-mapping technologies.  It also serves as a resource for AV members wishing to host geospatial web content but lacking the technology to do so within their own departments.

History

AV MSS was funded in 2012 by mutual agreement of 10 AmericaView(AV) members, each contributing a portion of their AV budgets to finance the project.  The original configuration was completed by AlaskaView before the hardware was shipped to Texas.  Since then, the AVMSS has been maintained by TexasView and hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.  In 2016, the server was reconfigured and updated with the latest version of CentOS 7.

Software

AVMSS runs Centos 7 configured as a Virtual Machine (VM) Server.  The base OS hosts an Apache 2 webserver and associated applications.  Specific VMs are configured as needed for hosted projects.  AmericaView members  may contact the AVMSS Adminstrator to request hosting of AmericaView projects.

Connectivity

AV MSS is hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU).  The server resides in the SFASU Science Research Network and peers at the perimeter of the SFASU Network with 10Gb/sec connectivty to the Internet2 Point of Presence (POP) in Houston.

Particpants

Participants

AVMSS was originally funded by contributions from the following AmericaView member consortiums:

AlabamaView AlaskaView
IndianaView MichiganView
North DakotaView OhioView
TexasView VirginiaView
WisconsinView

Funding

AVMSS is funded by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) grant award number 08HQGR0157 to "AmericaView: A National Remote Sensing Consortium" through subawards to its member consortia.