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How to Use

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:

Searching of Spatial Dataset

How to search a spatial dataset?

There are several ways for searching a spatial dataset:

  • 1. By Keyword: Go to the Landing Page or click CSDI logo on the top left hand corner, input the keyword in the searching box on top part of the Page;
  • 2. By Framework Spatial Data Themes (FSDT) and Data Categories: On the lower part of the Landing Page, you can select select a Theme from any of the 7 FSDTs or a category from any of the 18 dataset categories;
  • 3. View All Datasets: Click Menu on the top left corner All Datasets.

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.

Information about a Spatial Dataset

How to understand a spatial dataset?

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:

  • General description and technical information (e.g. Data Specification, Spatial Datum, Metadata Standard, etc.);
  • Data update frequency;
  • Contact information of data contributor.

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.

Format of Spatial Dataset available

What data format can be downloaded?

Currently, the open and machine readable formats available for user to download are vector formats like GeoPackage, GML and raster formats like GeoTiff, which are all defined under Open Geospatial Consortium standard.

Preview a Spatial Dataset

Can I preview the spatial dataset in a map view?

There are several ways to preview a spatial dataset:

  • 1. In Catalog Page, click Preview in Map below the dataset title and next to the Abstract Section to preview it on the Map View Page;
  • 2. In Metadata Page showing dataset details, click Preview in Map under Download Dataset to preview the 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.