Release 12 in Production on 1 July 2018

Release 12 (R12) is now in production. The information on this page summarizes the new and significantly enhanced capabilities and features of this release. Please also refer to the R12 Release Notes for more details about all features of and the new features and enhancements of R12.

GeoPlatform Open API 1.1

GeoPlatform Open API 1.1 provides updates for improved/ streamlined construction of client-side applications, enhanced object query support, and various bug fixes. More information about the GeoPlatform Open API can be found here:

Community Tool Kit (CTK) 1.1

CTK provides standardized, configured, and tested WordPress plugins for improved Dynamic Digital Community experiences within the GeoPlatform ecosystem. In addition to updates to the CCB baseline, the GeoPlatform Maps plugin and the GeoPlatform Community Search have been significantly updated. The GeoPlatform Maps plugin has been approved by the WordPress Plugin Review Team for distribution in the WordPress Marketplace. The WordPress review and approval process ( is used to ensure all plugins meet basic standards and follow best practices and thus are broadly usable in WordPress and compatible with 3rd-party components. The open source PHP code makes the CTK plugins doubly useful as examples for creating your own custom plugins and using the GeoPlatform Open API. More information about the GeoPlatform CTK can be found here:

Community Core Bundle (CCB)

We continue to refine and test new capabilities for creating and sharing topical, dynamic content within Community Spaces. In R12 we have simplified the onboarding and management of Community Members by aligning with WordPress best-practices, including use of the WordPress-core OAuth2 plugin for authenticating users. While all Community Members must have GeoPlatform accounts, their membership within a CCB instance and their role (administrator, editor, author, contributor, subscriber) are managed using the WordPress dashboard. This allows the Community Team to self-administer member accounts and roles. Finally, the GeoPlatform CCB theme will soon be available through the WordPress Marketplace, and has thereby passed scrutiny of the WordPress Theme Review Team ( to ensure best-practices for security and compatibility with a broad range of 3rd-party themes, plugins, and customizations.

Resource Performance Module (RPM) 1.0

The GeoPlatform infrastructure is now instrumented for collection, analysis, and reporting utilization metrics for GeoPlatform Portfolio Assets including Datasets, Services, Layers, Maps, Galleries, Pages and Posts, whether they’re used by a Community instance or accessed anywhere within the GeoPlatform ecosystem. In R12, display and access events are tracked for Open Maps and their associated Open Layer and Service objects so their utilization can be analyzed and reported.

Support for OAuth 2.0/OpenID Connect authentication.

The GeoPlatform Identity Management/ Identity Provider (IDM/IDP) infrastructure services were updated for improved support of the industry-leading OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect specifications as the modern, standards-based framework for user authentication and role-based authorization.

Drupal migration and updates to the GeoPlatform portal content.

All relevant legacy Drupal content has been migrated to WordPress and updated for consistency with the GeoPlatform style guide. All links to the legacy Drupal CMS content ( have been updated to now reference relevant content found on the GeoPlatform portal ( Notably, the popular “Communities” ( and “Resources” ( pages have been migrated and updated. All other legacy Drupal content will be taken off line in the next release cycle. Also planned for R12 (but not yet available for beta-test) is a new Search application that more broadly supports search and navigation through the GeoPlatform Portfolio of assets including Dataset, Service, Layer, Map, Gallery and Community objects.

Object Editor

The primary management tool for creating, augmenting, and linking Datasets, Services, Layers, Maps, Galleries, and Communities as a portfolio of GeoPlatform business objects, now also allows any authenticated GeoPlatform user to import and harvest from external sources of ISO 19115-flavored metadata to register Datasets, Services, Layers, and Maps and from ArcGIS Online (AGOL) to register Maps, Services, and Layers.

Updated on January 3, 2020
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