USGIN Tutorials

This page provides a list of tutorials to describe USGIN concepts and procedures that are most likely to prove challenging.
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GeoSciML-Portrayal Cookbook

The GeoSciML-Portrayal Cookbook is a tutorial that introduces the concept of the GeoSciML-Portrayal XML schema and provides instructions for web service deployment for data mapped to the GeoSciML-Portrayal schema. This document is primarily useful to data providers who are interested in creating  NGDS web services.

NGDS Content Model Tutorial

A tutorial describing National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) content models and their use. NGDS content models provide users with schemas that are designed to increase the interoperability of any data that has been mapped to them; different schemas exist for different kinds of data.

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NGDS Data Access Scenario Videos

A series of YouTube videos demonstrating different ways to access and work with National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) data. Each video is appoximately two minutes long.

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NGDS Data Explorer Tutorial

A tutorial providing instructions regarding the access to and usage of the NGDS Data Explorer web application. This web-accessible utility is designed to help users browse, discover, and access National Geothermal Data Syetms (NGDS) web feature services. In addition, this application allows users to easily download the attributes of NGDS web feature services.

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NGDS Naming Conventions

This document describes the conventions used when naming National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) web services. This tutorial is primarily intended for NGDS subrecipients who are submitting data to NGDS in the form of web services structured by NGDS schemas (which can be viewed at NGDS schemas are provided by NGDS content models; for more information about NGDS content models, see the NGDS Content Model Tutorial.


A description of the USGIN CSW Client ArcGIS AddIn. When installed, this product allows users to search specific catalog services (CSW) from ESRI ArcMap and access any web services returned by the query without leaving ArcMap.

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USGIN Metadata Tutorial

A conceptual introduction to metadata and the manner in which metadata is used in the context of USGIN and the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS).

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USGIN URI Tutorial

An introduction to URIs as used within the context of USGIN. USGIN URIs are systematic identifiers that are designed to act as interoperable database keys that permit databases to refer to one another across USGIN. In addition, USGIN URIs are designed to dereference to a web-accessible description of the resource they identify.

XML Tutorial

An introduction to XML and its usage within the context of USGIN. XML is a markup language that acts as a general-purpose interchange format for USGIN data.