Metadata is the fuel that powers the geoportal. You publish your content to the geoportal by registering the content's metadata with the geoportal's catalog service. If your content does not currently have metadata, the Geoportal Server includes tools to help you create and register metadata.
For your existing metadata, the Geoportal Server provides several options for publishing content:
- Upload individual resource metadata documents using the geoportal's Web interface.
- Expose your metadata through an Esri metadata service, Web-accessible folder, open Archive Initiative service, CSW catalog for synchronization, or THREDDS Data Server.
- Copy and paste the resource's Web endpoint, such as various Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services, REST URLs, OpenSearch description XML, or metadata XML URL, for server-side synchronization with the geoportal.
- Use the Publish Client for ArcCatalog to upload your metadata to the geoportal.
For further details on these options, please see How to Publish Resources in the Geoportal Server Web help.