Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Geodata.gov, GeoRSS and Vista Gadgets

Currently the NSDI community doesn't have really easy ways to integrate GOS Portal search functions into everyday work. This screen-capture video shows a concept implementation of a GeoRSS-fed Gadget in Windows Vista - the source is geodata.gov.

Simple tools for discovery will make it easier for geospatial data and environmental information to be maintained locally, closest-to-source, and then shared with the NSDI community.

Another non-YouTube version of the concept is here


At 2/04/2009 10:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool! Can this be used with GeoRSS catalogs other than GOS?

At 2/04/2009 11:07:00 AM, Blogger Jeff Harrison said...

I don't see why not - although I am drawing a blank on what other GeoRSS catalogs are available (other than www.geodata.gov)

At 2/17/2009 03:28:00 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

I like the integration with the desktop. Searching for GIS data needs to be easier and this definitely gets us closer.

However, many folks I know find GOS to be somewhat frustrating to use as it will return a lot of non-relevant metadata records for searches. For this and other reasons, many states have implemented their own portals for searching metadata, which this obviously bypasses.

At 3/18/2009 02:38:00 PM, Blogger Jeff Harrison said...

Actually, a generic "geospatial metadata dashboard" can be pointed at any state's portal for searching metadata.

At 3/18/2009 02:43:00 PM, Blogger Jeff Harrison said...

We're pleased to announce that The Carbon Project has been selected for a 2009 NSDI CAP grant.

Information on the grant for the "GOS Dashboard - An Enterprise GIS Desktop Dashboard for the Geospatial One-Stop Portal" is available here -


At 4/07/2009 05:47:00 PM, Blogger Marten said...

I'm glad to see that the focus is moving toward the content that's available in the Geospatial One-Stop catalog. We've added the GeoRSS capability late last year in the GOS 2.3 release and this definitely stimulates use of that content without forcing users to visit the site itself. Integration with user's workflows.

The same interface supports KML and HTML as outputs. Add f=kml or f=html or f=htmlfragment to see other output formats. Geospatial One-Stop implements ESRI GIS Portal Toolkit 9.3 components for this interface.

Any ESRI GIS Portal Toolkit 9.3 and up supports similar GeoRSS searching. Another example may be found at http://geoss.esri.com/geoportal/rest/find/document?searchText=world.

Marten Hogeweg


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