Applications Supported by NGDS
For NGDS users, accessing data will almost always begin with searching the catalog. From here, NGDS data consumers can search for, discover, preview, and access NGDS data and web services. Data is provided in a variety of formats including documents and PDFs to tabular forms like Excel to GIS compatible web services.
Apps Developed for NGDS
Due to the NGDS open standards and protocals developers are able to cutomize applications for accesing and displaying NGDS data. The following applications where developed specifically for the NGDS:
- ArcMap Catalog Search Plug-in—this application allows you to access the NGDS catalog services to locate WMS services that can be added as layers in an ArcMap (v10) project directly from ArcMap.
- Catalog Search and Map Interface—this application allows you to search, preview, and download NGDS data.
- NGDS Data Explorer—this application allows you to search, preview, and extract data from WFS in a tabular form.
Compatible GIS Applications
Having located their data as web services (WMS/WFS), shape files, or other GIS-compatible file formats, consumers can access it with any of a variety of client software. Though many data consumers will use ArcGIS, ArcGIS is proprietary software and some data consumers many not have access to it. Fortunately, NGDS supports a wide variety of applications, including but not limited to:
- ArcGIS Explorer
- ArcGIS Online
- Cadcorp Map Browser
- GeoScene 3D
- Google Earth
- NREL Geothemal Prospector
- Worldwide Telescope
For a step-by-step guide to download and view web services using some common free-and-open-source applications, see Using Applications page.
- The Geothermal Prospector is a mapping tool developed for the Geothermal Power Industry by the National Renewable Energy Lab.
The Exploration Cost and Time Metric tool is designed to graphically display the cumulative impact to exploration cost and time from one or multiple RD&D efforts. The baseline has been developed from industry research and was vetted through geothermal exploration experts as a useful baseline from which to measure funding impacts.