Geospatial data

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US Geological Survey

A. Office of Science Quality and Integrity

A1. Trusted Digital Repositories

B. Core Science Systems mission area


B1a. Science Data Management

B2. National Geospatial Program

B2a. National Geospatial Program

C. Other Programs


  • Radiant Earth
  • Open Geospatial Consortium
  • The Open Source Geospatial Foundation
    • Puts on the FOSS4G ("Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial") conference
  • Open Topography out of UCSD
  • Planetary Computer - The Microsoft Planetary Computer is a platform that lets users leverage the power of the cloud to accelerate environmental sustainability and Earth science.
    • The Data Catalog, which includes petabytes of data about Earth systems, hosted on Azure and made available to users for free.
    • APIs that allow users to search for the data they need across space and time.
    • The Hub, a fully managed computing environment that allows scientists to process massive geospatial datasets.
    • Applications, built by our network of partners, that put the Planetary Computer platform to work for environmental sustainability.
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
    • FGDC org chart - Chaired by Secretary of the Interior, vice chaired by OMB deputy director
  • The Pangeo community - develop software and infrastructure to enable Big Data geoscience research

Industry/trade Newspapers/Press releases

Open Geospatial Consortium

STAC standard


  • "catalog" = library
  • "collections" = section of the library, type of book, author, etc.
  • items = books
  • asset = the dataset



  • pystac - Python library for working with any SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC)
  • stac-fastapi - STAC API implementation with FastAPI.
  • pgstac - Schema, functions and a python library for storing and accessing STAC collections and items in PostgreSQL



Other metadata specifications

  • FGDC-CSDGM - Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
  • ISO 19115: Geographic information - Metadata - finalized in 2003 and endorsed by the FGDC in 2010. A series of additional ISO 191 standards have been developed to update, extend, and supplement the 19115 standard.


OT dev resources


  • RockyWeb explainer
  • NRCS USDA data gateway
  • AWS openData bucket
  • Earth Science Information Partners
  • Development Seed
  • FirstStreet
  • U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory
  • Esri Geoportal Server - Geoportal Server is a standards-based, open source product that enables discovery and use of geospatial resources including data and services.
  • Nebraska GeoCloud
    • The Nebraska GeoCloud (NGC) is a web-based digital platform for geophysical, geological, and groundwater data and models.
    • The purpose of the NGC is to archive Nebraska’s vast volume of data and make it accessible to both model builders and model users.
    • The NGC consists of databases, web servers, and web interfaces designed for data storage, sharing, and distribution.
    • It contains one interface for Projects and another interface for Data.
    • Projects may include software files, reports, and other information related to a project.
    • It can be used to store and share project files, or it can be used as the final repository for completed projects.
    • The Data interface is built upon structured databases that support the upload and download of data and models used in typical hydrogeological studies.
    • Users can access the data contained in this part of the NGC via the GeoScene3D data portal.
    • These data can also be viewed on an interactive web map and they are accessible via a web map service (WMS) in GIS programs (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS).
  • Virtual Point Clouds - multiple tile stitching explainer
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Data Sources - S3 Buckets

Data Portals