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GeoPlatform Overview

Overview

Services Progress Report

   Data.gov Integration

   MarketPlace

   Communities

   Dashboards

   GeoPlatform ArcGIS Online (AGOL)

   Shared Web Map Viewer

   Shared Cloud-Computing    Infrastructure

Partners

Users

The GeoPlatform provides shared and trusted geospatial data, services, and applications for use by the public and by government agencies and partners to meet their mission needs. Through the GeoPlatform, users have access to

  • A one-stop shop to deliver trusted, nationally consistent data and services
  • Authoritative data to support informed decision making
  • Problem-solving applications and services that are built once and can be used many times across multiple Federal agencies and other organizations
  • A shared infrastructure to host data and applications
  • A national and Federal focal point where governmental, academic, private, and public data and applications can be visualized together to inform and address national and regional issues

Implementation of the GeoPlatform embodies the principles and spirit of Open Government, emphasizing government-to-citizen communication, accountability, and transparency. The GeoPlatform supports open formats, data standards, and common core and extensible metadata. The portfolio of data, applications, and services provided here is stewarded through the use of open licenses and careful review and hosted on an infrastructure that maximizes interoperability. Increased sharing and reuse of resources facilitated by the GeoPlatform will reduce costs, result in savings and wise investments, and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. On balance, the integrated approach of the GeoPlatform means that the federal portfolio of geospatial data is better managed, serves a broader audience, and is easier to use.

The GeoPlatform was developed by the member agencies of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) through collaboration with partners and stakeholders. The target audience for the GeoPlatform includes Federal agencies, State, local, and Tribal governments, private sector, academia, and the general public.

Services Progress Report

While GeoPlatform is constantly evolving, the geospatial community has already accomplished much to advance the development and delivery of the Nation’s geospatial data and services.

The GeoPlatform.gov website was completely redesigned for GeoPlatform Version 2.0.  Built using Drupal, an open source Web content management system, the content of the site is arranged based on users’ needs. As the GeoPlatform evolves, partners and users will have access to many services.  The following sections describe all currently available and planned services.

Seamless integration with Data.gov

Data.govIn the past, geospatial catalog offerings have been maintained and discoverable via separate user interfaces and tools from other portions of the Data.gov catalog holdings. Data.gov’s open-source Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) catalog replaces two separate catalogs for Data.gov and GeoPlatform.gov and allows search access to all government data. The GeoPlatform.gov team and the Data.gov team have worked very closely to bring these capabilities together, and the GeoPlatform is now using the master Data.gov catalog as a service for the benefits of our users. Its single index includes all spatial and nonspatial metadata from Federal agencies’ and partners’ catalogs. The catalog user interface allows for the discovery of data based on "search facets"—fields that can be selected by a user to rapidly focus on topics, sources, and locations. A rich application programming interface (API) is available to enable developers to further refine the search and presentation.

Currently available services:

Planned services:

  • Open search
  • CSW collection management
  • GIS mapping upgrade to Geospatial Data Search
  • Trending data interface for geospatial data

Marketplace

The Marketplace allows users to quickly and easily search for planned data acquisition activities provided by FGDC partners as metadata records to the Data.gov catalog. This capability is designed to foster partnerships among organizations looking to procure or create data of common interest.

Currently available services:

  • Rudimentary tool listing planned acquisitions

Planned services:

  • Enhanced search, including which agencies are coordinating projects
  • Metrics on acquisitions through Marketplace, including number of agencies collaborating, number of records published, dollars saved

Communities

GeoPlatform.gov incorporates the concept of "communities"—interactive, topically focused sections of the website that are managed and used collaboratively by specific communities of interest. GeoPlatform.gov is a shared federal space representing communities dedicated to the work of individual agencies, OMB Circular A–16 data themes, and cross-cutting program areas.

The GeoPlatform supports a variety of functionality for communities including establishing web content, publishing spatial data and services, building and sharing maps and mapping applications, and discovering geospatial data, tools, and services across a number of catalogs.

Communities can feature their nationally significant data assets, as well as their tools and applications that are built using these and other data available on GeoPlatform.gov. Communities will also have collaborative capabilities that will allow participants and their stakeholders to share best practices, tips, and lessons learned from their efforts.

Currently available services:

  • Theme Lead community established
  • WWHGD in development
  • GeoCONOPS published

Planned services:

  • 16 individual Theme communities
  • Enhanced capabilities and tools

Dashboards

Theme and dataset lifecycle metrics are published on the site in a series of information dashboards that help users quickly and easily review key information on progress toward shared goals.

Currently available services:

  • Integrated dashboards from Data.gov showing number of datasets published by each agency per month for the past 12 months

Planned services:

  • NGDA Dataset Maturity Metrics
  • Theme and Executive level metrics and reports

GeoPlatform ArcGIS Online (AGOL)

ArcGIS Online gives users the ability to create interactive web maps and apps they can share with anyone. Scientists, decision-makers, and agency communities of interest can quickly and simply analyze relationships and patterns so they can better understand issues and collaborate on solutions. GeoPlatform has ready-to-use content, apps, and templates and the ability to add individual content so users can be productive right away. And no matter what platform is being used—desktops, browsers, smartphones, or tablets—users always have access to organizational content.  Users can combine their own data with data from Data.gov, Esri, and other contributors to create maps for the work they do. Ready-to-use basemaps, tools, templates, and datasets make it easy to design and publish maps online.

Currently available services:

  • Mash-up/story map creation
  • Geoprocessing capabilities via AGOL credits
  • Organizational collaboration

Planned services:

  • Seamless integration with GeoPlatform Communities
  • Integration with the GeoPlatform Shared Web Map Viewer

Shared Web Map Viewer

GeoPlatform.gov is currently developing a Web Map Viewer to support the visual/geospatial review of datasets registered in CKAN (catalog.data.gov).  Requirements for this tool include standard geospatial functions like pan/zoom and measure, as well as more refined capabilities such as adding multiple data layers to the view (mash-up), saving a user-generated view/map with the ability to share and collaborate with others, and eventually analytical tools to answer geospatial questions.  The Web Map Viewer will be developed and released in an iterative process with an initial deployment currently scheduled for late 2014.

Currently available services:

  • Prototype open source Web Map Viewer is in development

Planned services:

  • Standard Web Map Viewer capabilities
  • Ability to Save and Share mash-ups
  • Geospatial analytical tools
  • Direct connection to CKAN/Catalog.Data.gov data

Shared Cloud-Computing Infrastructure

GeoPlatform.gov will incorporate a shared cloud-computing infrastructure for data and application hosting by the FGDC community. Data and map services defined as nationally significant data assets will be hosted in the Amazon cloud, where our partners can serve their data, tools, and applications efficiently, securely, and cost-effectively.

Available services:

  • GIS as a Service
  • ArcGIS Server licensing

Planned services:

  • Data hosting for agencies
  • Geospatial tools with analytical capabilities

Partners

The business model for the GeoPlatform emphasizes a partner network of providers, including Federal agencies and their partners in State, local, regional, and Tribal governments, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, industry, and citizens.

Partners provide geospatial assets including data, services, applications, and infrastructure to the GeoPlatform; in return, partners receive hosting capacity, technical support, and exposure of services to the broader community.

GeoPlatform partners are required to meet “rules of engagement” included in negotiated contractual, license, or service-level agreements.

Users

GeoPlatform users include geographic information systems professionals as well as a broad range of consumers of geo-data. Our user community may include government decision makers and geospatial experts, emergency response planners, environmental advocates, special interest groups, scientists and enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and innovators, transit authorities, meteorologists, and endangered species advocates, just to name a few. The GeoPlatform is also a resource for members of the general public, who may access geospatial data and maps that are relevant or of interest to them.

As an example, the GeoPlatform now hosts a map showing the projected rise in sea level on the New York and New Jersey coasts. This map and related tools could help communities, civic planners, residents, and other stakeholders consider risks from future sea level rise as they plan for reconstruction following Hurricane Sandy.