Write Output From Publicly Accessible Geoprocessing Service

Discussion created by colinjstief on May 9, 2014

We've got a publicly accessible geoprocessing service that allows a user to input various weights for a few different variables to create a suitability map that displays on the fly in their web browser.

What we would like to do now is calculate a running "global average" of the suitability maps users create, and have the option to display that global suitability map. We've read through some of the basic help articles, but still aren't sure what we need to be thinking about. We know that we probably need write permissions for the Server, but here are a few questions we have:

1. Is it possible to overwrite the existing "global suitability map", so that our server/database isn't overloaded with so many rasters. Is this even the best way to do it?

2. Would the map service need to be stopped and restarted to display this new raster? Is this something that is commonly done?

3. Are there security concerns with being able to contribute to a new output anonymously? Are there ways to prevent spamming, etc.?

Obviously we're looking for the simplest solution possible, and would like to know the basics of how this is achieved without opening ourselves to unacceptable risks.

Thanks so much,