Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New GIS Hub Data Portal

The GIS Hub Data Portal has been upgraded.  While the past GIS Hub Data Portal has served us well and will continue to be available until the end of March 2017, it has become dated and is not designed to work on mobile devices. The new GIS Hub Data Portal provides a fresh, new interface and is designed to work on desktop computers, phones and tablets.  The new GIS Hub Data Portal is built upon a platform that also provides open data capabilities which we hope to leverage in the future.

The primary purpose of the Hub Data Portal is to make GIS Hub data, which is maintained by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards, publicly available as downloads and as web-based data services. Data is found by searching or by simply browsing the data found in Datasets, Groups, or Topics:

When browsing or searching, be on the lookout for the filters such as Topics, Tags, and Format that can be applied to help limit the number of items being displayed.  Also take note of the colorful data type icons associated with each dataset to help you identify what sort of resources are associated with each dataset:

Each resource within a dataset corresponds to a method of accessing the dataset, for example, downloading the data and viewing the data in tabular format:

If the tabular data is point data containing latitude and longitude, that information can be mapped.  For example, click on the Preview button:

And then click on the Map tab:

We hope this quick introduction to the new GIS Hub Data Portal provides enough information to get you started using it.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

Three datasets have been updated on the GIS Hub by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards. These are:

Mile Markers (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

State & Federal Roads (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

County Roads (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

Please note that the structure of these datasets have changed to accommodate a new method being used by the NDDOT to maintain the data.

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via data services.  More information on this and other datasets can be found on the old Hub Data Portal (from here on out, we'll be referring to the new Hub Data Portal. You can search for these and other datasets (e.g., type in: markers) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data within the Categories section of the Hub Data Portal. After you've located the data of interest, click on the More Information button and then scroll down to the Transfer Options section. In that section, click the Download link to download the data or click one of the other links such as the 'Esri REST including WMS' link to obtain the data service information.