Data and Services
The FGDC coordinates the sharing of geographic data, maps, and online services through an online portal, GeoPlatform.gov, that searches metadata held within the NSDI Clearinghouse Network.
Searching for Geographic Data, Services, and Other Resources
The GeoPlatform portal is
operated in support of the Geospatial Platform Initiative to provide
“one-stop” access to all registered geographic information and related
online access services within the United States. Geographic data,
imagery, applications, documents, web sites and other resources have
been catalogued for discovery in this portal. Registered map services
allow users to build and share maps using data from many sources.
Registered data access and download services also exist for use by
those interested in downloading and analyzing the data using GIS or
NSDI Clearinghouse Network
The Clearinghouse Network is a community of distributed data
providers who publish collections of metadata that describe their map
and data resources within their areas of responsibility, documenting
data quality, characteristics, and accessibility. Each metadata
collection is hosted by an organization to advertise their holdings
within the NSDI. The metadata in each registered collection is
harvested by the geo.data.gov catalog to provide quick assessment of
the extent and properties of available geographic resources.