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Implementing an Application Server for the CERSER Data Archive

ABSTRACT: The Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) currently archives data images in various resolutions on their server. These images, and the data that describes them, is entered and accessed via Active Server Pages (ASP) developed to aid in the standardization and entry speed for CERSER personnel. The ASP language is not taught at ECSU and currently, there are no qualified ASP developers employed by CERSER to repair or enhance the data system should the need arise.

In response to this, the Multimedia Team will study the implementation of Macromedia’s ColdFusion Server software as an application server for CERSER. ColdFusion is a web application server that allows you to create sites and applications utilizing data-driven Internet applications. ColdFusion server can also be integrated with the current Macromedia tools employed by the CERSER developers. The college web site utilizes ColdFusion as an application server for the university website. The manager of this server is a permanent position at the college and would be a valuable resource for training and support of this software. The team will study the costs of implementation, the speed at which the software can be learned, and the development of applications to replace the current ASP developments.

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