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Frequently Asked Questions

What are geo-spatial data?
What is a portal?
What makes the Go-Geo! portal different?
What will it do?
How can you use the portal?
How can you find information on related resources?
What are the main aims and objectives?

What are geo-spatial data?

Geo-spatial data is a term used to cover any data with geographic references, for example, Ordnance Survey national grid references, postal addresses, place names or the names of administrative areas.

What is a portal?

This portal is an online resource discovery tool that allows for the identification and retrieval of metadata records. These metadata records describe the content, quality, condition and other characteristics of geo-spatial datasets.

What makes the Go-Geo! portal different?

Go-Geo! is a UK portal which supports geo-spatial searching as well as the more traditional topic or keyword forms of searching. The service will also support both controlled vocabulary searching and free text searching.

A gazetteer is required to support the portal, as most searches will involve spatial searching and users will need a rich resource of place names. The Go-Geo! service will use the gazetteer that is being developed by its sister project, geoXwalk.

What will it do?

The Go-Geo! portal will allow you to access geo-spatial metadata records by cross-searching a number of databases. As well as searching for datasets held within the UK higher and further education community, you will be able to search the NGDF GI Gateway and its directory services. This will give you access to other GI communities in the UK (during this demonstrator phase the number of
metadata records will be limited, but should the portal
become a national service more metadata records will be added).

Other features offered by the portal add value to the data identified and retrieved. A key feature will be the ability to find other related resources such as books, photographs, learning resources and articles. These will be found by searching the JISC Information Environment and/or other online information services. The novel aspect is the ability to search for these resources and constrain the results to the geographic area you are interested in.

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How can you use the portal?

You will be able to search by:

  • controlled keywords or free text;
  • subject/topics;
  • geographic locations using an interactive map;
  • dates;
  • resource types;

    Results of searches can be printed or emailed to you.

    How can you find information on related resources?

    Information about resources associated with the service can be found on the left-hand side of the Go-Geo! homepage. For example, software, training courses, organisations and discussion groups.

    What are the main aims and objectives?

  • to develop a geo-spatial portal suitable for roll out as a full service in the JISC Information Environment;
  • to promote the possibilities of such a service;
  • to identify metadata providers and also services for inclusion in any cross-searching;
  • to produce a report identifying the relevant stakeholders and explaining how the needs of the user groups will be met.

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