1. Is the GEOportal a Community portal?
No, the GEOportal is not a community portal, but a gateway to Global Earth Observation data, information and services. The GEOportal provides an entry point to the resources contributing to GEOSS independently from the user location or the nature of usage within the GEOSS areas of application. GEOportal is not targeted on a single community of interest, but addresses the informational needs of all GEO Societal Benefit Areas globally, and extends the community concept of GEOSS resources and community portals to a global community and across all users of GEOSS.
2. Who owns the GEOportal?
GEOportal complements the already existing community portals and other portals operated by GEO Members and Participating Organizations and as such, unlike most other GEOSS components and community portals, it does not belong to any single member or organization. The GEOportal is operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) under the authority of the GEO Secretariat.
3. What kind of services can I find on the GEOportal?
GEOportal is a gateway to global Earth Observation data, information and services.
Based on the GEO recommended standards and following the Geospatial Portal Reference Architecture of the OGC the GEOportal provides a variety of services:
4. On the left menu of the portal I see a list of SBA categories and clicking on each of them I can see some sub-categories. How are those SBA categories and sub-categories defined?
The GEOSS Societal Benefit Areas, categories and subcategories are defined in the GEOSS 10-Year Plan Reference Document. Their definition and maintenance are under the responsibility of the GEO Secretariat.
5. Using the GEOportal, how can I retrieve information?
There are two main options for retrieving information:
6. How can I search for resources related to a specific SBA?
From the portal homepage you will find on the left menu the list of GEOSS SBAs. The search of resources related to a specific SBA starts by clicking on one of them.
Once the results page will be displayed, the search can be refined also by the specific SBA sub-category of interest.
7. How can I search for resources related to a specific geographical location?
Once you have browsed the resources by SBA or entered a search term into the text field, you can then filter your search results by geographical location by selecting the area of interest from the Select Country/Region drop down menu, on the left menu.
8. Can I browse the resources related to a specific SBA and location, combining the search criteria?
Yes. Your search criteria can be refined with SBA category + SBA sub-category + Location.
Whatever browse path you have chosen at beginning of your portal navigation, you can always further add the other search criteria. On the results page, on the left menu, you are always provided with the complete list of GEO SBAs.
You can also add/change the location specification through the use of the Select Country/Region drop down menu, on the left menu.
9. How can I use the Google Earth Rotating Globe on the GEO portal homepage?
The Google Earth Rotating Globe on the GEOportal homepage provides the users with a quick overview of some alerts disseminated through geoRSS.
The Google Earth Rotating Globe acts as well as viewer of the geoRSS retrieved through the normal search.
By clicking on the geoRSS icon displayed among search results, the geoRSS will be loaded on the Google Earth Rotating Globe.
10. Can I build my own map through the GEOportal?
Yes. You can use the GEOportal map viewer, accessible from the top navigation banner, to create your own maps, connecting to different WMS and adding new layers. You can then export, save and download your maps, and reuse them at a later stage.
11. Can I find datasets through the GEOportal? How?
Yes. When performing your search, the GEOportal, through the GEOSS Clearinghouse interface, will provide you with the full list of Datasets available in GEOSS, specifying what are the GEOSS Data Core.
12. What are the "Related Resources" that I find on some pages?
The Related Resource are other database entries available in the GEOportal local database that are connected to the record of interest.
13. How can I make my resources appear on the GEOportal?
To make your resource appear on the GEOportal, you need to register your resource into the GEOSS Components and Service Registry (just follow the link "Register your resource").
After the registration your resource will be harvested from the Registry by the GEOSS Clearinghouse and will be then visible in the GEOportal.
14. I would like to provide my feedback on the GEOportal and the GCI, who should I contact?
You can provide your feedback by clicking on the Feedback Button
You will be invited to fill-in a form with your feedback. We encourage you to provide your feedback to allow us to improve the system and its capability to fulfill your informational needs.
15. I have some doubts on how to use the portal or I need some clarification on some parts of the GEOportal or other GEOSS Common Infrastructure elements or I need some help to perform my search or I need further information on the GEOportal or other GEOSS Common Infrastructure elements, who should I contact?
Click on and you will be redirect to a page where you will find all the contacts details related to the different GEOSS Common Infrastructure elements, where you can address your questions.