Monday, August 03, 2009

USGS One-Stop Search Widget

The USGS National Geospatial Program, announces the release of the Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) Search Widget, a small utility that can be easily embedded in any Web page. The Search Widget will enable users to search, identify, view, download and mash-up Web map services currently published in the intergovernmental geospatial data catalog.

With Search Widget, users can view search results of live map services, find downloadable data, discover data acquisition plans and contact the owners of the records. Users also have the option to view search results as an RSS Feed or save the results as a KML file.

Information and step-by-step directions on how to add the Geospatial One-Stop Search Widget to individual Web sites can be found by clicking the "Help Center" tab on the homepage and then by accessing the GOS Search Widget link in the left hand column. The GOS Search Widget can be customized to search for specific areas and subjects of interest.

While Search Widget is not intended to replace all of the user functions currently available at the Geospatial One Stop Web site, this new utility enables organizations, Web site developers, and geospatial program managers the opportunity to offer a powerful geospatial search tool directly from their own Web sites. This is the first version of the utility; its capabilities will continue to expand over the next several months.

Examples of how the Geospatial One-Stop Search Widget has been integrated into existing geospatial programs can be viewed at the State of Delaware Spatial Data Catalog and the Westchester County (NY) Data Warehouse.


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