Geoplatform: FAIR Data Principles for Geospatial Data in the United States of America
2021-10-01, 13:30–14:00, Puerto Madryn

The Geospatial Platform (Geoplatform) is a strategic US national resource that supports the Administration's–Open Government, Open Data and Digital Government strategies to enhance transparency, collaboration, and participation. Geoplatform provides a suite of managed, geospatial data, services, and applications for use by the public, industry, and federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to meet their mission needs. The new launch of GeoPlatform is based on various Cloud Native Geospatial components and this talk will showcase how such support the mission.

This talk will focus on the recently redeveloped Geoplatform.

Geoplatform provides a searchable geospatial metadata catalog, access to geospatial data, integration with the Geoplatform ArcGIS Online Enterprise Organization (AGOL), and a community shared workspace dedicated to the work of individual agencies, OMB Circular A-16 themes, and cross-cutting program areas. GeoPlatform is the authorized source for all the official US National Geospatial Data Assets (NGDAs). The NGDAs are organized in 17 Data themes as guided by the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).

In 2020, Geoplatform, operating under the authority of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018, redeveloped Geoplatform to better meet the FAIR data principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The redeveloped Geoplatform includes:

  • A new harvesting capability for harvesting geospatial records from
  • Open Standard Geospatial Cloud Serverless Product Generation - evaluates harvested NGDAs, evaluates where open standard files are missing, and then generates and publishes open standard format files (GeoJSON, GeoPackage, Shapefiles), tiles (Map Vector, XYZ Raster), and OGC Web Services (WMS, WFS) using Cloud infrastructure and triggered serverless functions.
  • Improved Discovery & Preview Platform - With a set of quality harvesting rules, is focused on “less is more”. This new site is based on open-source components (GeoNetwork, TerriaJS, more) with capabilities for suppliers to improve their results through improving their metadata.
  • All solutions are available for open source re-use - Whether its the Catalog, Viewer, data pipeline, product generation, or reporting tools, allow components are made available back to the broader community for use.

Authors and Affiliations

David Carter, Department of the Interior, Geospatial Information Officer,

Joel Schlagel, Geoplatform Technical Product Lead,

Tod Dabolt, Department of the Interior, Chief Data Officer,

Matt Tricomi, Architect, Contractor,

Requirements for the Attendees

Intended to be directed towards audience with a blend of :
1. National Spatial Data Infrastructure Mission Vision and Roadmap interest
2. Technical interest in re-usable FOSS4G component interest in Metadata Catalogs, Cloud Serverless Functions, DevOps, and Various FOSS4G stacks (TileGarden, GeoNetwork, GeoServer, GDAL, OGR2OGR, OGC Standards (WMS, WFS, WCS, GeoJSON, GeoPackage, more) and various service Types (Vector Tiles, Raster Tiles, WMTS).

The site is as of Spring 2021, and will be replacing prior to the conference.


Transition to FOSS4G


FOSS4G implementations in strategic application domains: land management, crisis/disaster response, smart cities, population mapping, climate change, ocean and marine monitoring, etc.


2 - Basic. General basic knowledge is required.

Language of the Presentation


Colorado-based Architect for National and Large Data Programs (e.g. National/Federal Civilian Data Programs or State Agencies/Programs in mostly ‘earth’ agencies programs: Land Management, Earth Science, Energy Supply Chain, Transportation, Natural Hazards, and Health).