Geospatial One-Stop - Portal Initiative

Testbed. GOS-PI yielded a working prototype standards-based portal for geospatial information discovery and access that is expected to be the model for the GOS project ( portal. The prototype was the basis for the "OpenGIS Portal Reference Architecture, a Community Guide to Implementing Standards-Based Geospatial Portals" (pending completion and adoption by OGC).

The portal architecture addresses technical interoperability between diverse systems and it also helps address "information interoperability" between groups whose data has been created with different data models and metadata schemas. The OpenGIS Portal Reference Architecture shows the way for geodata-using government agencies around the world to comply with government information system interoperability mandates. Examples of such mandates include US laws, orders and recommendations such as: Executive Order 12906 (National Spatial Data Infrastructure mandate), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-119, (Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities), and the new Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) that has been developed and is being promoted by the OMB.