U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch, R-UT, and Mark Warner, D-VA, have introduced a bill into the US Senate aimed at better coordination and access of geospatial data. Sen. Hatch said, “The federal government wastes vast amounts of taxpayer dollars by not properly managing and coordinating our federal investments in geospatial data. This commonsense legislation will improve coordination, reduce duplication, and promote data transparency.” “Geospatial data has endless possibilities for transforming both the private and public sectors — from helping local governments develop emergency preparedness plans to fueling Continue reading →
The West Coast Ocean Data Portal will be featured on an upcoming EBM Tools Network webinar to showcase how the WCODP is used to discover data and inform marine debris cleanup and prevention. The webinar will be held Tuesday, April 28, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm GMT. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2078226875180469249. Discovering Data and Informing Regional Ocean Health Priorities with the West Coast Ocean Data Portal by Todd Hallenbeck of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health. The West Coast Ocean Continue reading →
We recently tested NOAA’s web-based metadata editor and data archiving tool, ATRAC for developing ISO 19115-2 metadata and found it to be easy to use and able to export a metadata XML file that can be successfully harvested by the West Coast Ocean Data Portal. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/atrac/index.html It was originally designed for organizations to submit their data to one of the NOAA Data Centers: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), but it has been modified to allow any user, after Continue reading →
The West Coast Ocean Data Portal Action Coordination Team (WCODP ACT) serves as the leadership for the Portal and Network. The ACT met today and “kicked off” the data development project, discussed our ongoing technical assistance work to Network partners, discussed upcoming outreach opportunities, and identified a group to continue our funding contingency planning. You can read the full call notes here.
The West Coast Ocean Data Network ArcServer 10.3 training webinar is now available online at http://network.westcoastoceans.org/training-resources/. Widely used in the web GIS community to publish and manage mapping services, the webinar covered workflows, configurations, and best practices for managing and publishing mapping services from ArcServer 10.3. In addition, we discussed how the West Coast Ocean Data Portal uses and consumes mapping services. We were extremely fortunate to have Anna Verrill from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management lead the demonstration. Anna is a Senior Geospatial Analyst who has been publishing services and data for the MarineCadastre.gov project for three Continue reading →