Visual ND is the State of North Dakotaís enterprise ArcGIS Online license for state agencies. ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based tool from Esri that hosts and serves out data, services, maps, and applications. Visual ND provides a pool of ArcGIS Online users and credits for state agencies who wish to utilize this technology. Visual ND leverages state agency buying power which will help to reduce the overall cost to the state.
Visual ND doesnít currently replace existing Desktop GIS software but it can supplement it and in some cases, it can provide GIS functionality to casual GIS users who need access to data but donít require Desktop GIS software. ArcGIS Online does not replace the North Dakota GIS Hub but it utilizes data on the GIS Hub. ArcGIS Online is just another tool, similar to other web-based applications that consume data from the GIS Hub via web services.
Most importantly, Visual ND is an additional means for the public to find state agency maps, data, applications and other information.