GeoPlatform Curation Workflow Glossary

Asset
A piece of data with associated metadata
Authoritative
An asset that comes from a reliable, knowledgeable source, preferably with robust metadata and distinct authorship.
Communities
Online spaces for one or more agencies to collaborate in either a public or private setting.
Curation
The iterative workflow of adding, maintaining, and presenting assets in the GeoPlatform portfolio.
Delete
Remove the asset from the GeoPlatform portfolio
Deprecate
To mark an asset as obsolete but still usable
Edit
Change the asset metadata
A curated set of assets. Galleries may be embedded into web pages.
Knowledge Graph
A system of classifications enabling semantic tagging of an asset. A graph of semantic concepts linking Portfolio Assets to a common framework of vocabularies, in other words an ontology. The knowledge graph indexes those terms for more rapid, precise, and relevant search results from the portfolio.
Map Manager
Browser for perusing maps registered to the GeoPlatform portfolio.
Map Viewer
An application for viewing and creating Open Maps and Open Layers and registering them to the GeoPlatform portfolio
Object Editor
Application for registering, maintaining, editing, and updating assets in GeoPlatform.
Open Layers
A visual representation of a geographic dataset in any digital map environment.
Open Maps
A visual representation of a geographic information in any digital map environment
Register
To add an asset to the GeoPlatform portfolio
Resource Registration Plugin
Application for quickly registering assets to the GeoPlatform portfolio.
RPM Dashboard
Application for tracking resource performance in the GeoPlatform Portfolio
The best way to find assets regarding a particular subject, location, organization, or type
Update
To make a change to an existing asset in order to keep the relevant data current.
Curation Q&A
Registering/Creating Data

How do I add new assets to the portfolio?
Using the Register Resource Plugin, you can add new assets to the portfolio. You’re able to supply and augment your asset’s metadata while also semantically tagging them, making your assets easier to find in the portfolio. You can also add or import assets through tools in the GeoPlatform Object Editor! You can access the Register Resource Plugin from the GeoPlatform home page!
Why would I use the knowledge graph?
Semantic labeling through the knowledge graph enables the user to establish the meaning and significance of an asset in the context of the user’s mission domain. This improves the accessibility and relevancy of an asset found through a semantic search of the GeoPlatform portfolio.
How do I create my own map layer?
Custom features can be added to a base map using the MapViewer application.
You can create a gallery through a variety of means! The first method of creating a gallery is to visit Object Editor and create a Gallery asset. Once that is created, you can browse the portfolio for assets to add. The second method requires that you navigate to Map Manager, where you can browse map galleries and create your own map gallery from maps registered to the portfolio https://www.geoplatform.gov/help/apps/apps/map-manager. Finally, you can create galleries by navigating to an asset’s item details page and adding it to a gallery manually through that page.
What data formats are accepted in the GeoPlatform Portfolio?
To learn more about accepted data formats, go to Object Editor.
How can I add my own semantic vocabulary to the Knowledge Graph?
By contacting the GeoPlatform Service Desk, you can begin the process of having your semantic vocabulary added to the Knowledge Graph.
Can I add data from ArcGIS Online?
You can import assets from ArcGis Online using Object Editor.
Can I add data from Data.gov?
Using the marketplace, users can browse Data.Gov for assets. https://www.geoplatform.gov/about/marketplace/
Maintaining Data

How can I check that customers are using my asset?
You can check how your asset is performing by visiting the RPM Dashboard from the GeoPlatform home page. Once you reach the RPM Dashboard, you can access statistics on all of your registered assets.
How can I edit my asset?
An asset can be edited in Object Editor by going to the asset’s detail page and clicking Edit.
Why would I use the knowledge graph?
Semantic labeling through the knowledge graph enables the user to establish the meaning and significance of an asset in the context of the user’s mission domain. This improves the accessibility and relevancy of an asset found through a semantic search of the GeoPlatform portfolio.
When should I update my asset?
If your asset’s metadata has undergone a significant change, if your asset is obsolete, or if your asset is no longer supported or hosted by your agency you should update or deprecate your asset.
Where can I find the assets I’ve curated?
When signed in, you can select a box in the search tool that will allow you to search through only the assets you have created. If you are not logged in, you can find the assets you have curated by searching for your username in the search tool.
How do I use the RPM Dashboard?
To learn more about using the dashboard, go here.
Searching for Data

How do I determine if an asset is authoritative?
The authoritativeness of an asset is generally determined by the quality of its metadata and the pedigree of its origins. Generally speaking government-provided assets from agencies such as USGS, NOAA, and NASA could be considered a gold-standard for authoritativeness.
How do I filter by location in Object Editor?
Scroll to the bottom of the filter menu and click on the map. This will allow you to define a square region of the world in which to confine your search results.
How can I find new assets?
Clicking search in the top menu bar of the GeoPlatform home page will take you to the search menu, allowing you to discover new assets by typing in a search term and filtering the results as desired. You can filter by: Type, Community, Creator, Date Range, Geographic Extent, Keywords, Publishers, Semantic Concepts, Themes, and Topics.
Publishing

Can I start my own community?
Learn about starting your own community here!
How can I display my assets?
You can display assets through communities, galleries, or specific tagging or semantic labeling for better search results.
Where can I find the assets I’ve curated?
When signed in, you can select a box in the search tool that will allow you to search through only the assets you have created. If you are not logged in, you can find the assets you have curated by searching for your username in the search tool.
How can I add my own semantic vocabulary to the Knowledge Graph?
By contacting the GeoPlatform Service Desk, you can begin the process of having your semantic vocabulary added to the Knowledge Graph.
How can I share assets on my community page?
By tagging an asset with your community name, they can be shared using the asset carousel plugin on your community page!
How can I share maps on my community page?
The map viewer plugin can be used to share individual maps to your community page! If you want to share maps in bulk, it’s better to use an embeddable gallery!
Deprecating/Deleting

How do I delete an asset?
An asset can be deleted in Object Editor by going to the asset’s detail page, clicking Edit, and then clicking the Delete button.
Should I delete or deprecate my asset? What’s the difference?
Deletion will remove an asset from the Portfolio while deprecating an asset allows users to access the asset but alerts them that there may be an updated or better version available in the GeoPlatform Portfolio.
Updated on February 18, 2020
Have Other Questions?
Please check out our FAQ page in case your question has already been addressed. If you still need help or want to report an issue, please send us an email at servicedesk@geoplatform.gov.
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