Geoportals are tools for accessing geospatial databases, and they are adapted for collecting, storing, and publishing data, organising multi-user access to projects, and working with the data.
A geoportal allows for the implementation of the following key features:
- accumulation of data from various sources
- publication of geodata
- public access to the data via the Internet
- visualisation on the map
- ensuring collaboration
- access to source data by direct downloading or order data via the system interface
The main feature of the geoportal is its focus on working with large data volumes in order to create industry-specific and thematic solutions. According to the functions they perform, geoportals may be industry-specific, enterprise-specific, research-based, educational, or investment-oriented. They can be implemented at the level of a single organisation, or at the municipal, regional, federal, and even global level.