The Coeur d’Alene (CDA) Tribe, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) Integration Project provided software, resources, training, and assistance to allow partners to more easily leverage GOS (and other metadata) services for their needs. A key feature of this project was the development of a web-service based reusable application programming interface (API) that supports numerous geospatial metadata catalog implementations and provides content to users in a variety of output formats. The application, called GeoFinder for the Environment (GFE) extends GOS capabilities by allowing users to connect to a number of different catalogs (including GOS) and enact searches simultaneously. The user then has the option to format and customize output results in a number of ways, including GeoRSS, HTML, and KML. These outputs can be combined with a number of other tools to make the content accessed through the GFE readily available to a wide range of uses.
A major goal of the project was providing partners with the ability to interface with the GFE API directly in order to integrate the software within their systems. The Innovate team worked with the partnering agencies to describe the GFE capabilities, and then partner groups utilized the API to implement their own solutions. This approach realized the goal of creating a reusable service that others can access and manipulate for their own needs. Our partner agencies were able to work with the GFE API to integrate the tools within their organizations. The implementation chosen by each group illustrates a different aspect of the application’s capabilities.
A final step in the project was providing training to the general public on the use of GFE and GOS resources. The session made use of examples provided by partner agencies in order to provide attendees with an understanding of how to use GFE components and GOS API features in their own applications. The training session was attended by a total of 45 persons, including individuals from state, federal, and private entities. Additional detail on the training sessions is provided below.