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Open-File Report 2011–1157

Description and Testing of the Geo Data Portal: A Data Integration Framework and Web Processing Services for Environmental Science Collaboration

By David L. Blodgett, Nathaniel L. Booth, Thomas C. Kunicki, Jordan I. Walker, and Roland J. Viger

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Interest in sharing interdisciplinary environmental modeling results and related data is increasing among scientists. The U.S. Geological Survey Geo Data Portal project enables data sharing by assembling open-standard Web services into an integrated data retrieval and analysis Web application design methodology that streamlines time-consuming and resource-intensive data management tasks. Data-serving Web services allow Web-based processing services to access Internet-available data sources. The Web processing services developed for the project create commonly needed derivatives of data in numerous formats. Coordinate reference system manipulation and spatial statistics calculation components implemented for the Web processing services were confirmed using ArcGIS 9.3.1, a geographic information science software package. Outcomes of the Geo Data Portal project support the rapid development of user interfaces for accessing and manipulating environmental data.

Posted August 2011

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Blodgett, D.L., Booth, N.L., Kunicki, T.C., Walker, J.L., and Viger, R.J., 2011, Description and testing of the Geo Data Portal: Data integration framework and Web processing services for environmental science collaboration: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1157, 9 p., available only at




Description of the Data Integration Framework

Geo Data Portal Implementation Details

Testing of Geo Data Portal Web Processing Services


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