Geoprocessing services expose the analytic capability of ArcGIS to the world-wide web.

Geoprocessing services expose the analytic capability of ArcGIS to the world-wide web. Geoprocessing services allow users to apply geoprocessing models that run on the server. This can be useful for large organizations who wish to centralize both their data and their geoprocessing operations.

Once published, geoprocessing services can be used by a number of different client applications, including Web Mapping Applications, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Desktop.

A geoprocessing service is like any other toolbox in that it contains tools and toolsets and can be added to ArcToolbox. Anyone with an Internet connection can execute tools found in the service. When you execute a tool found in the service, it executes on the server computer, using the resources of that computer, freeing your computer to do other things.

Geoprocessing services can also be used to create tasks in ArcGIS Explorer and Web applications created with the Web ADF.

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