Providing and Updating your Complete Profile

Once logged-in, you can fill-out your profile and return at any time to keep it up-to-date. Because it is a "living inventory," all answers are saved in the survey. Just update the information that is new or has changed!

Your User Profile is divided into sections viewable under "My Profile" from the main toolbar. As you complete the information, make sure that you click on the Save and Continue button to save your data and move automatically to the next section of your profile.
    My Profile
    Organizational Profile
    Systems Profile
    My Geography
    My Data Layers
    My Reports

Please complete all relevant information in each section. Beneficial reports, metadata templates and search functions are automatically generated based on your answers to these sections. The more complete your information, the better the system works for everyone. In addition, please provide answers to all questions in the State Questions tab if it appears, because this information is needed to improve statewide coordination efforts in your state.

My Profile

Upon logging-in, you will see the My Profile section. The information you entered when you created your account is listed in this section. You can change/update this information at any time.

BEST PRACTICE: NSGIC recommends users review and update their Profile at least once per year as well as after any major re-location, re-organization or personnel changes.

Users can register in multiple states, but should do so only if they produce data in multiple state areas and want to be associated with multiple state GIS communities.

Organizational Profile

Organizational information is important for understanding data origins and aggregating records across large or federated organizations. It is also used when searching the GIS Inventory Directory. List your organization's web site and all application areas relevant to your organization.

BEST PRACTICE: If you leave your job we ask that you notify your state's GIS Inventory coordinator or the GIS Inventory system administrator ( We can re-assign your profile to a new/temporary person within the organization and help provide continuity for the organization's online profile during this transition.

Systems Profile

The Systems Profile is where you document important information regarding your general data production, maintenance and publishing environment. This includes snapshot characteristics of:
    Your physical systems - e.g. desktop/server software,
    Your data - e.g. data formats, projection/datum/units, and
    Access paths- e.g. URL to internet mapping site, etc.

This information is important for better understanding data interoperability and for the automatic generation of starter metadata.


Your organization's policies communicate under what circumstances and conditions you make your data available. Due to the high variability in organizational policies related to GIS data, this is an important aspect to document to communicate data access paths.

State Questions

You may also see selections for additional state questions for the states in which you are registered. Not all states have unique questions.