Using Apps

Data Applications

This page provides a brief introduction for available applications that are compliant with the NGDS.  To view additional applications click here; to learn how to develop applications, click here.

For data consumers seeking Web Map Services (WMS) data, find the WMS using the Catalog. Type in a keyword such as location (e.g., state name). This will bring up a list of services available on the right. Click any WMS service, expanding the selection. Click “Preview.” The URL given in the “URL” box is the server request required by the applications below. Examples include:

http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZaqSpringChemistry/MapServer/WMSServer

http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer

http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZWellheaders/MapServer/WMSServer

Directly view USGIN WMS with the following free-and-open-source software clients:

  • esri

    ArcGIS Explorer Desktop—ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free GIS viewer that gives you an easy way to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. This free software supports adding layers from ESRI’s ArcGIS online catalog, KML files, and GIS Services. To access various data types, follow the link above to download ArcGISExplorer for free.

    • Download the software. From the “Add Content” drop-down menu, select your chosen data type to add. If adding an USGIN WMS, choose “GIS Services…”
    • In the Server type drop-down list, choose “WMS” and paste the WMS link (as found from the USGIN Catalog Search) into the URL box (e.g., http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer). 
    • Click “Next” then “Add Service”. This will add the data directly to the map. Clicking on a feature will display attributes as listed in the service.
    • For WMS Services, if the attribute pop-up window does not automatically display, right-click the layer, choose “Properties”, “Popup Content”, and check the “Display a popup window” box.
  • ArcGIS Online—ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based, collaborative content management system for maps, apps, data, and other geographic information. ArcGIS Online supports ArcGIS Server Web Services, OGC WMS, KML and CSV.
    • Go directly to the map screen, with no download necessary here: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?useExisting=1. Simply click on the “Add” button on the upper left of the Map screen.
    • Choose “Add Layer from Web.”
    • Choose which data format you’d like to add. For example, if adding a USGIN WMS, choose “ArcGIS Server Web Service” and copy and paste the WMS link (as found from the USGIN Catalog Search) into the URL box (e.g., http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer).
    •  This will add the data directly to the map. Clicking on a feature will display attributes as listed in the service.
  • uDig

    uDig—The goal of uDig is to provide a complete Java solution for desktop GIS data access, editing, and viewing.

    • Download the software. To add data, click on the “Layer” drop-down list and choose “Add.”
    • Choose data type to add. If adding USGIN WMS, click “Web Map Server”. In the new pop-up box, paste the WMS URL into the box (e.g., http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer) 
    • Click “Next”. This will add the data directly to the map.
    • To display feature attributes, select the layer in the “Layers” box on the left. On the right, select “Info.”
    • Click on a feature on the map and open the “Information” tab on the bottom to display attributes as listed in the service.
  • Google Earth

    Google Earth—A free viewer download allows the user 3D views of data.

    • Download the software. From the Map viewer, zoom in on the area of interest. 
    • From the “Add” drop-down list, choose “Image Overlay.”
    • Select the “Refresh” tab from the pop-up box.
    • Click on the “WMS Parameters” button.
    • From this box, click “Add…” If adding USGIN WMS, paste the URL into the “WMS Server URL” box (e.g., http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer).
    • Click “Add” then “OK”.
    • This will add the data directly to the map. Limitations include lack of functionality to view attributes of features.
  • gvSIG

    gvSIG—Open source GIS Desktop application designed for storing and analyzing data through OGC standards.

    • Download the software. Choose “View” from the Project manager window, then “New” and double-click on the View name.
    • Click Add Layer icon. Choose the tabs based on the data type to be imported.  If adding USGIN WMS, choose the WMS tab, paste the WMS URL into the “Server” box (e.g., http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer) and click Connect.
    • Click next to select displaying format (e.g., image/jpeg) and spatial reference system.
    • In the Layers tab, expand the layer, highlight, and click “Add” then “OK.”
    • This will add the data directly to the map. Clicking on a feature will display attributes as listed in the service. For more information on viewing WMS with this application, see http://www.microimages.com/documentation/TechGuides/72gvsig.pdf.
  • Geozilla

    Geozilla—A free application that allows the user 3D terrain views with WMS data overlays.

    • Download the software here. (Must have Oracle's Java RE 1.6, also named JRE 6.)
    • Select a location for the application
    • Click on the “OGC Services” tab.
    • Click the “+” symbol to add a WMS. Next to the “Create new WMS server” text, choose “by editing settings manually.”
    • Paste in a WMS URL (e.g., http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer). The WMS will appear in the layer tree.
    • Expand the WMS layer; expand “Layers.” Once the WMS layer is visible in the tree, right-click and choose “show.” This will add the data directly to the map.
    • Click on the 'Perspectives' heading to create 3D terrain base maps with the overlain WMS data. Limitations include lack of functionality to view attributes of features.

Additional applications to view and analyze USGIN data include:

  • WorldWide TelescopeWorldwide Telescope—WWT is an application that runs in Windows that utilizes images and data stored on remote servers. This application does not yet support WMS, but a Microsoft Excel Add-in is available. This can be used to load location and time-based data into the WWT visualization environment, though the set-up can be extensive. Such data, for example, can include latitude, longitude, magnitude, and depth for earthquakes. For more information on importing Excel data, see http://www.layerscape.org/Content/Index/453.
  • GeoScene 3D—GeoScene3D is an application for 2D and 3D visualizing, interpreting, editing and publishing geological data, including drill or bore holes, terrain, and geologic units.  This application is intended for 3D viewing, so there is not an extensive base map selection.  Although additional steps are required to view AASG WMS features in 3D in this application, it is WMS-aware.
    • Download the software. To begin a project from USGIN WMS, from the smaller “Map” window, click the add data icon.
    • Choose Web Service.
    • Paste the WMS URL into the box (e.g., http://services.azgs.az.gov/ArcGIS/services/aasggeothermal/AZBoreholeTemperatures/MapServer/WMSServer).