Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE)
Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS)

Best Practice - DHS Geospatial Information Infrastructure

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The Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) provides a platform for users to access trusted geospatial data, map services, and geospatial applications.  Two of the key geospatial applications that are available on the GII are Portal for ArcGIS and OneView.

Portal for ArcGIS allows GIS practitioners of all levels to search and discover geospatial content and use this data to create web maps that can be saved and shared with other users.  The search functionality provided through Portal includes a federated search which allows users to search multiple geospatial catalogs, including FEMA’s ArcGIS Portal, ESRI’s ArcGIS.com, and Data.gov.

DHS OneView is a secure, web-based, geospatial visualization application that allows individual users to view and interact with data and application services within the DHS GII. OneView users have the ability to add external data sources to their view in common web service formats (KML, KMZ, WMS, and GeoRSS). Other capabilities within OneView include basic attribute query, measurement, location (geocoding, reverse geocoding, and gazetteer), and routing tools.

Geospatial information provides a key connection across homeland security-specific missions. OneView delivers the visualization and analytic tools while Portal provides data search capabilities, both of which support the mission stakeholders in their efforts. With the GII, homeland security partners can establish a comprehensive situational and strategic awareness across the nation to better prepare, prevent, respond, and recover from crisis-related

Access to OneView and Portal is granted to authorized federal, state, and local emergency responders, emergency managers, homeland security officials and other personnel with official infrastructure protection responsibilities, through HSIN. Both of these applications can be accessed from most web-browser systems enabling its use from fixed and mobile environments.

For more information, or to request access to the GII, contact GMO@HQ.DHS.GOV.