The CSDI Portal is the entry point of the CSDI where you can discover, view and use the spatial datasets for supporting your smart applications. The major functions of the Portal including search of dataset, showing content, download and preview. Please see the paragraphs below for more information about the functions:
There are several ways for searching a spatial dataset:
Your searching result will be shown in the Catalog Page. Dataset title and basic description about the datasets will be displayed.
The searching result can be filtered by providing further keywords in the searching box of Catalog Page.
In the Catalog Page, more information of a dataset can be shown by clicking the Dataset Title. The following information of the dataset extracting from the metadata will be displayed:
Apart from the above information, you can download the spatial data by clicking Download Dataset next to the Abstract Section or connecting the web service resources from your system via the copied resource link by clicking the Web Service Link above the Other Resources Section.
To provide more flexibility for CSDI Portal users in utilizing the available spatial data, the Portal aims to convert the source format into different open machine-readable data formats and commonly used data formats, including GML, GeoPackage, KML, GeoJSON, File Geodatabase(FGDB), Shapefile(SHP) and CSV. While the conversion module of the Portal was well tested, it is possible to have minor inconsistency due to the large variety of geometric elements, data schemas and projection representations between the common spatial data formats available.
Besides, due to the technical limitations of different data formats (e.g. supporting geometry type, field value limitation, etc.), fewer choices of data formats may be provided for some vector datasets. Users are suggested to explore and download other available data formats for supporting your applications.
For image/raster datasets, GeoTiff data format will be the only format available in the Portal.
There are several ways to preview a spatial dataset:
The Map View Page currently supports display of over 400 datasets. Click Layer List on Map Tools Menu to control the display and style of the previewing datasets.
For the basic map layer, you can click BaseMap on Map Tools Menu of Map View Page to select either colour, greyscale or orthophoto imagery as background when previewing your dataset.