Before publishing or update datasets, you must register for an account.

Before Sharing…

Publishing your data or service on the data catalog can be completed in a few simple steps. But, prior to registering your data or service, there are a few preliminary pre-registration actions that should be performed before initiating the publication process.

  1. Ensure that metadata for data and services are complete, accurate, and compliant with metadata standards prior to registering. Please consult the
    Metadata Best Practices (PDF) resource to ensure that metadata meets the publication criteria for the catalog.
  2. Once your metadata is ready for publication, create a publisher account with Once the account is approved, use our
    How to Register Data (PDF) resource as your guide through the publication process.

Metadata Standards & Tools

Since the mid-1990s, the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) has been the U.S geospatial metadata standard. But, as the amount of geospatial data continues to increase, International metadata standards are emerging in the geospatial community. The FGDC has an endorsed a number of ISO metadata standards in an effort to encourage federal agencies to transition to ISO metadata standards over the next few years.

There are a wide variety of metadata tools available to support the development and management of geospatial metadata. Before choosing a metadata tool, you may want to consider these evaluation questions to help determine the best metadata tool for you. Once you’ve determined your needs, select your metadata tool for creating and editing geospatial metadata as well as additional tools for validating metadata for compliance with the CSDGM standard.

Data Resources’s open-source Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) catalog index includes all spatial and nonspatial metadata from federal agencies and their partners. 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.

ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online gives users the ability to create interactive web maps and applications which can be shared online. 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.

Through you can integrate your AGOL Web Maps as a GeoPlatform Resource. The 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, 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.

Updated on March 1, 2017