The GOMAportal.org is a metadata catalog, and data repository for Gulf of Mexico related geospatial datasets housed at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI). The portal was developed initially by the former GOMA Ecosystem Integration and Assessment (EIA) Team. GOMAportal.org holds the results of a multi-year project to improve the state metadata for geospatial datasets for the Gulf of Mexico. The system contains metadata and data that may not be found in other standard repositories.
Orignally lead by EIA Team members at HRI, state partners collected geospatial datasets and metadata records and upgraded them to be compliant with the Federal Geospatial Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) standard, preserving as much of the original character of the metadata as possible. Where possible, the original datasets were also obtained and renamed to have meaningful file names. Finally, available data was packaged with the upgraded metadata, and made available for download.
The portal became an action priority for the Data and Monitoring Team; an outgrowth of the EIA Team. A 2017 Gulf Star grant to HRI updated and revamped the tool. It is possible to search and browse the information through an interactive Esri ArcGIS interface. Where available, datasets can be downloaded. Individuals and organizations that want to contribute to GOMAportal can register for a free account.