User-Friendly Geoportal Interfaces for Geospatial Resource Discovery

User-Friendly Geoportal Interfaces for Geospatial Resource Discovery

Victor Pascual Ayats (Spatial Data Infrastructure of Catalonia (IDEC), Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2038-4.ch028
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The Spatial Data Infrastructure of Catalonia (IDEC) was launched in 2002. From the beginning, the Metadata Catalog (MC) service has been considered as one of the main pieces of the infrastructure. Building a metadata catalog is important for any Spatial Data Infrastructure to foster resource interoperability and integration. In addition to organizing, classifying, and sorting metadata records, one of the hardest parts in the IDEC was to design web applications that allow users to easily discover and access such geospatial resources. This chapter reviews the different trends in building friendly user interfaces of web applications to search and discovery metadata records through the evolution of user interface of the IDEC Geoportal.
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Among the applications, which lie at the core of all SDIs, perhaps the most important ones are the metadata catalogs. Implementing a catalog may be a tedious and think-less task but it is vital to the success of an SDI. The job basically consists of locating all possible producers of cartographic data (departments, agencies, companies, or even universities) and convincing them to make an inventory of all their geographic information and to describe it following a standardized procedure. This is what we call “creating metadata.”

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