Search Multiple Data Websites Simultaneously Using APIs
Track: Teaching and Research
Authors: Jeff Essic
While online sources for GIS data are highly fragmented and widely distributed, a significant number of data websites use portals that provide API access to their catalog, including geo.data.gov and arcgis.com. I have developed an 'External Data Sources' section to the results view of NCSU Libraries' GIS data search interface that passes a user's search query through multiple external portal APIs to report back to the user the total number of matching datasets and the top hits from each source.