At the beginning of 2015, a coalition of state, regional, and local government agencies purchased a license to Google’s high resolution (6 inch pixels) aerial photography (read the original post about the acquisition). This license allows Utah’s cities, counties, special districts, state agencies, K12/Higher ed, and tribes to use the imagery in web and desktop mapping applications through a streaming web service or, where needed, on-premise from locally-stored files. The license also allows use by contractors and formal partners of the immediate licensees.

The imagery is hosted in Google’s cloud and delivered as WMS and WTMS Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services via AGRC’s Discover basemap and imagery server. The original .jp2 imagery tiles can be downloaded or obtained from AGRC, which keeps a master set of the imagery files.

Who Qualifies?

  • Utah state agencies
  • Cities, counties, and other political subdivisions of the state of Utah
  • Special districts (water, fire, etc) in the state of Utah
  • Utah K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, including students working on school projects
  • Tribal entities
  • Contractors and formal partners of an immediate licensee
  • Utah National Guard

Who Doesn’t Automatically Qualify?

  • Federal agencies
  • US Military
  • Cities, counties, or state agencies outside of the state of Utah
  • Out-of-state schools
  • Non-profit entities
  • Professional groups and organizations
  • Community groups
  • Private individuals
  • Consultants and contractors

Note: Federal agencies, US military entities, consultants, contractors, or other formal partners can qualify if they are directly performing work on behalf of a qaulified licensee, but only for the specific project in the contract.

If you don’t qualify for the Google imagery, you can sign up for Discover’s general access services, which include NAIP imagery and the slightly older HRO imagery.

Sign Up Information

If you qualify to use the Google imagery under the terms of the license, visit the main Discover page for sign up information and a link to the Organizational Usage Agreement.

Check out valuable information and FAQs about using Discover services.

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