Here you will find frequently asked questions about the Geoplatform and GeoPlatform Resilience community. Don’t see your question listed below? Contact us here, or visit https://www.geoplatform.gov/about/faq for more frequently asked questions about the GeoPlatform.


What is the Geospatial Platform (GeoPlatform)?

The Geospatial Platform (GeoPlatform) is an online portal that enables the sharing of geographic data, maps, and online services at GeoPlatform.gov. The GeoPlatform provides a suite of well‐managed, highly available, and trusted geospatial data, services, and applications for use by federal agencies and their state, local, tribal, and regional partners to meet their mission needs and the broader needs of the nation. The GeoPlatform was developed by the member agencies of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) through collaboration with partners and stakeholders. The GeoPlatform focuses on web applications that combine rich data sources, map authoring, and content management to facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration. You can learn more about the GeoPlatform here.  A number of video overviews and tutorials are also available on the FGDC Youtube channel.

What is the GeoPlatform Resilience community and why was it created?

The GeoPlatform Resilience community is an interactive, topically-focused web portal to share web content, datasets, services, maps, applications, and tools related to environmental change and climate resilience. The information and constituent resources that make up the Resilience community were curated as part of the Climate Data Initiative and originally made available to the public at data.gov/climate. Since the Climate Data Initiative, new opportunities have emerged to make federal climate-related data more discoverable and accessible to a growing user community. As such, the geospatial subset of the datasets available at data.gov/climate have been extended to GeoPlatform.gov. Designed specifically for geospatial data, the GeoPlatform provides a suite of new applications and tools to interact with geospatial data on the Web, such as the GeoPlatform Map Viewer. Developed through interagency collaboration and managed by community curators, the GeoPlatform Resilience community seeks to provide access to authoritative and up-to-date data and information for citizens, researchers, and innovators.

Which metadata standards and service specifications were used to create the objects that are part of the Resilience community?

Resilience community dataset objects were created from the ISO 191** suite of geospatial metadata standards endorsed by the FGDC. The Resilience community includes a number of geospatial web services supported by the GeoPlatform, each of which are detailed at the links below:

How can I access metadata about the objects available in the Resilience community?

Metadata for Resilience community objects can be accessed through Object Editor. Clicking the “Export as” button in the top right hand corner of the screen allows for the download of a metadata document to the user’s machine or under the “Source Metadata” option.  Those seeking structured metadata for Resilience community objects can do using the GeoPlatform API.

How is the data in GeoPlatform.gov organized?

The datasets, services, and other objects available through the GeoPlatform are structured as assets of the GeoPlatform Portfolio Model.  The model defines how objects are described as well as how they may be linked to one another.

What type of analyses can I perform using the GeoPlatform Map Viewer?

The GeoPlatform Map Viewer is an excellent tool to preview select data accessible through the GeoPlatform. Some datasets are linked to web services that render spatially referenced layers of geographic information that can be visualized on a map. Adding layers to a map in the GeoPlatform Map Viewer allows users to preview data before committing to downloading. Users may also wish to add several layers to a map to view data from a number of sources together. The GeoPlatform Map Viewer supports distance and area calculations as well as the drawing and uploading of features. A layer is rendered using the style (symbols, colors, etc.) defined by its parent service. Users can alter the transparency of layers in the Map Viewer, but adjustment of styles is not supported. Full documentation on the GeoPlatform Map Viewer is available here.

What should I do if I suspect a Resilience community object has been retired/superseded or that a web service is not functioning?

Fill out our contact form with any concerns you have. Please be as specific as possible by providing one or more of the following so that the community curators can promptly address your inquiry:

Where should I go if I have general questions about climate change or resilience?

The purpose of the GeoPlatform Resilience community is to provide access to authoritative data, services, and information related to climate change and its effects on the United States. If you seek more information about environmental change, adaptation, or mitigation in the United States or globally, we recommend the following authoritative resources:

Updated on August 15, 2019