Register an Asset on GeoPlatform

New Assets are registered to GeoPlatform using the Create and Import functions. For more information about how to do each, follow the instructions below: Note: To register a resource as a GeoPlatform Portfolio Asset, you must have a GeoPlatform.gov account and be logged in. If you do not have a GeoPlatform account, you can create one here.

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Register a Resource using Object Editor
IMPORTING ISO METADATA DATASETS:

The following ISO standard metadata formats are supported for import by GeoPlatform: ISO 19139, ISO 19115-3, and ISO 19115-3 GeoPlatform Profile. To import a metadata document use the Object Editor and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the GeoPlatform Object Editor:
  2. Log in using your GeoPlatform account.
  3. Select the Import tab on the left side tool bar.
  4. Make sure that the ISO Metadata tab is selected at the top.
  5. Add in your metadata either through a document on your computer or through a URL.
  6. Select your metadata standard.
  7. Click Upload.
  8. This will open the editing page for the newly registered Dataset.
  9. Review, add, and curate the metadata as needed.
  10. When finished, click Save in the top right corner.

The dataset has now been registered into the GeoPlatform Portfolio.

Refer to the glossary below if you are unfamiliar with the terminology.

    

IMPORTING WEB SERVICES:

To register multiple new Service Assets, users can import the service resource URLs from a list in CSV or JSON formats. Use the Object Editor and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the GeoPlatform Object Editor:
  2. Log in using your GeoPlatform account.
  3. Select the Import tab on the left side tool bar.
  4. Make sure that the Web Services tab is selected at the top.
  5. Browse computer for file.
    • CSV files must include service title, URL, and service type.
    • JSON files must include URL and service type.
  6. Click Upload.

The web services specified in the list have now been individually registered as Service Assets in the GeoPlatform.

Refer to the glossary below if you are unfamiliar with the terminology.

    

ARCGIS ONLINE BROWSE AND IMPORT

To import web map and service resources from ArcGIS Online, use Object Editor and follow these steps: (note: to register AGOL items, they must have “public” visibility in order for GeoPlatform to access)

  1. Go to the GeoPlatform Object Editor:
  2. Log in using your GeoPlatform account.
  3. Select the Import tab on the left side tool bar.
  4. Make sure that the ArcGIS.com tab is selected at the top.
  5. Apply filters and keywords to search for resources of interest.
  6. Individually select resources for import by clicking Import in the bottom right corner of the listed resource or select Import All at the top of the page to import all resources listed on the current page.

All resources selected for import have now been registered as Assets to the GeoPlatform Portfolio.

Refer to the glossary below if you are unfamiliar with the terminology.

    

CREATING ASSETS MANUALLY WITH OBJECT EDITOR:

  1. Go to the GeoPlatform Object Editor:
  2. Log in using your GeoPlatform account.
  3. Select the Create tab on the left side tool bar.
  4. In the Create New dropdown menu, select the Asset type that you are creating.
    • Asset Types: Dataset, Service, Layer, Map, Gallery, Community, Application, Topic, Website, Organization, Contact, Person, Concept, and Concept Scheme.
  5. Each Asset type has a unique set of metadata fields. Use the glossary below to help fill in as many fields as you can using the available metadata. Required Fields are marked with a red asterisk.
    • Service Assets require a service URL and service type. Once those fields are filled out, click “Fetch Data” to automatically pull data from the service metadata document. Note: this may not fetch all metadata, be sure to look it over and add in missing content. Also, any layers brought in with the service may not be listed until the service is saved for the first time.
  6. Once metadata fields have been filled in, click save in the top right corner of the screen.

The new resource has been registered as an Asset.

Refer to the glossary below if you are unfamiliar with the terminology.

    

Register a Resource using Resource Registration
CREATING ASSETS WITH THE RESOURCE REGISTRATION PLUGIN:

The following ISO standard metadata formats are supported for import by GeoPlatform: ISO 19139, ISO 19115-3, and ISO 19115-3 GeoPlatform Profile. To import a metadata document use the Object Editor and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the GeoPlatform Home Page:
    • Alternatively, go to your GeoPlatform community site.
  2. Log in using your GeoPlatform account.
    • On the GeoPlatform Home Page, scroll down to the Explore Portfolio Resources pane, and select Register a Dataset (pictured below):
  3. There are four panes in the Register Resource plugin. The first three prompt the user to augment the metadata of the Asset, and the final pane enables the user to review the new Asset’s metadata details.
  4. Each Asset type has a unique set of metadata fields. Use the glossary below to help fill in as many fields as you can using the available metadata. Required Fields are marked with a red asterisk.
    • Service Assets require a service URL and service type. Once those fields are filled out, click “Fetch Data” to automatically pull data from the service metadata document. Note: this may not fetch all metadata, be sure to look it over and add in missing content.
  5. Once the review is complete, click “Register” on the final pane to register your Asset.
  6. The plugin will prompt you to view the new Asset’s “detail page” or to register a new resource.

Refer to the glossary below if you are unfamiliar with the terminology.

    




Glossary
DETAILS

Alternate Titles: Provides a space to add old names or secondary titles to any objects. This also allows accessibility for foreign language users.

Access URL: The URL for downloading the data.

Date issued: The date the resource (not the Asset) was created or published (e.g., the publication date of a dataset resource).

Geographic extent: The area of the world the geospatial data covers, this should match with the data. If you can’t figure it out then filling each field out with 0s is permitted.

Landing page: The URL for the customer facing metadata page.

Product types: The data’s imagery type.

Themes: Aids in the filtering process when GeoPlatform users are searching for your dataset once it has been uploaded. The themes come from premade libraries of themes, so users are not able to create their own themes.

Temporal Extent: The date range pertaining to the data represented by the Asset.

Resource Type: Further categorizes the type of Asset (Dataset, Service, Layer, Map, etc.). User selects from a list of subtypes.

Keywords: Words or tags that are relevant to the Asset.

URI: The unique Universal Resource Identifier for each object.

Purpose: The intended purpose for the Asset.

Status: The current state of the metadata.

Visibility: The visibility of the Asset to users.

LINKS

Links are important references to other related Portfolio Assets or external web resources (e.g., a webpage).

Communities: Communities associated with the Asset.

Datasets: Datasets associated with the Asset.

Distributions: Distributions of the Asset.

Items: The Assets included in a Gallery.

Services: Services that are associated with a Dataset Asset.

Service Layers: Layers that are associated with the Asset.

Serviced Assets: The Assets served by a Service.

Related Resources: Any other web resource related to the Asset.

DISTRIBUTIONS

A Distribution is a chunk of metadata on an Asset about how to access a web resource via a URL. Assets have zero or more Distributions. The Distribution is the access mechanism for downloading a dataset or launching a web application. An example would be a .zip file download of a dataset, or loading a web application in your web browser.

CONTACTS

Contacts are generally Organizations but also refer to individual persons. Regardless, a Contact always has a role such as these:

Publisher: The agency that publishes (creates or updates or is responsible for) the resource.

Contact: The point of contact for the resource, which may be a person or an organization and includes “vcard” information (e.g., full name, organization name, email, phone, address).

Creator: An individual who has a GeoPlatform user account and has created and therefore owns one or more objects registered to the GeoPlatform.

Contributors: Additional individuals who have contributed in some way to the creation of the resource.

KNOWLEDGE GRAPH

The fields in the Knowledge Graph section allow users to search for key terms in the predefined word bank. Users are not able to create new key terms, so it may take a few different searches to find a suitable word. The fields come with explanations, so the only confusing terms may be Primary and Secondary. Primary refers to the main topic (ex. Flood hazards) and secondary refers to the related sub-topics (ex. How to manage flood hazards).

Purpose: The intended use or reason for the Object (i.e., layer, map, gallery) e.g., environmental impact of an oil spill.

Primary Topics: The central branch of knowledge or theme pertaining to the thing, concept, situation, issue, or event of interest. e.g., environmental impact of oil spill.

    Secondary Topics: Second-order topics derived by machine processing/ analysis of the target Object

Primary Subjects: The selected things, events, or concepts forming part of or represented by the Object. e.g., Deep Water Horizon oil rig, oil slick extent, oil slick movement over time, predicted oil slick movement, impacted sites, impact severity.

    Secondary Subjects: Second-order subjects derived by machine processing/ analysis of the target Object.     Categories: The type or category of the Object. e.g., topographic map, elevation layer.

    Communities: The GeoPlatform community this Object was produced for. e.g., “Ecosystems and Biodiversity” community.

    Places: The central locale or common names for the place where the Subjects of the Object occur. e.g., USA/Gulf Coast.

    Function: The business actions, activities, or tasks this Object is intended to support (i.e., the role it plays in supporting an activity). e.g., environmental impact assessment.

    Audiences: The group of people for which this Object was intended to be used. e.g., general public, disaster recovery personnel, Congress.

MISC

Third Party Identifiers: Alternative unique identifiers for third party purposes.

Thumbnail section: The fields in this section pertain to the thumbnail image of the Asset as it will appear in search results on GeoPlatform.

Access Rights: Access Rights are for private data or data that has specific requirements for publication, basically limiting who can use that data. It’d only be used for non-public use data.

Updated on February 21, 2020
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