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FEMA IS 63.b: Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) Answers

1. How do you request an HSIN account?
A. Send an email to or call the HSIN Help Desk
B. Call the Geospatial Management Office
C. Send an email to your supervisor requesting the account
D. Both A & B

2. Which features does the GII home page allow you to access?
A. All HSE geospatial tools, applications, and geodata
B. Various geospatial resources links
C. A user guide, a how-to-video, and geospatial trends in the GII
D. All of the above

3. Which of the following are considered core capabilities of the GII?
A. Create and share web maps and other derived products
B. Share and collaborate with other users
C. Access common applications and tools
D. All of the above

4. Which statements are true regarding GII basemaps?
A. You can change your basemap at any time
B. You can upload a layer to use as your basemap
C. You can select your basemap from the 12 basemaps provided in the GII basemap gallery
D. All of the above
E. Both B & C

5. The GII can include data layers in which of the following formats?
A. ArcGIS Server services, KML documents, OGC WMS services
B. Text files, GPS files, shape files
C. Only open web interface services hosted by ArcGIS server
D. USGS Hazards
E. Both A & B

6. What do Web App templates enable you to do in the GII?
A. View changes in data over time
B. Highlight areas of impact and summarize data related to a location
C. Swipe before and after imagery to observe changes between imaging dates
D. All of the above

7. On the GII home page, what does the “Gallery” link provide?
A. Featured maps based on common infrastructure data themes
B. A catalog of mapping data layers in various service formats
C. A link to 12 common basemaps
D. All of the above

8. If you need help with the GII platform, what should you do?
A. Call the HSIN help desk
B. Access the user manual
C. Email the HSIN Help Desk
D. Email the DHS Geospatial Management Office

9. “Is this statement true or false? As a group owner, you decide who can find the group, if others can request to join, and what roles or level of access you provision to members.”

10. Is this statement true or false? The GII allows users to publish data from ArcMap as a feature layer in a web map.

11. Once the file has been geocoded, it can be downloaded as which two file types?
B. ArcGIS or WFS
D. KML or Excel

12. How can you use the GII platform to share your data with others?
A. By copying the files to the “My Content” area
B. By downloading the files to your computer, and sharing them according to your agency’s standard operating procedure
C. By using the GII’s secure sharing feature
D. All of the above

13. How can you add layers to your map in the GII platform?
A. Search for layers in the GII
B. Add layers from the web
C. Add layers from a file
D. Add map notes
 E. All of the above

14. Which feature of the GII allows you to view changes in data over time and capture before and after imagery?
A. The secure cloud environment
B. Web Apps
C. Federal Data Catalogs
D. All of the above

15. Which options does the GII platform allow for secure sharing of content?
A. Groups, Everyone, Communities of interest
B. Groups, everyone, groups and everyone
C. By organizational structure, geography, or theme
D. Linked organizations, public entities, private entities

16. Is this statement true or false? You can publish to the GII platform from your desktop application.

17. Is this statement true or false? The GII allows you to access integrated search capabilities with a community of interest’s platform.

18. Which GII feature allows you to use content across multiple platforms and portals without having to navigate away from your current GII session?
A. Federations
B. My Organization
C. GeoPlatform
D. Search

19. What is the first step in creating a web map in the GII platform?
A. Prepare a geocoded file
B. Select or upload a basemap and zoom in to the area of interest
C. Add data layers to an existing map
D. Search for layers in the GII platform

20. The GII offers access to which geospatial capabilities?
A. Web-based map viewing
B. Map services for web and desktop use
C. Analytic services
D. Developer community support
E. All of the above

21. Which statement is true?
A. The GII offers web-based map viewing, map services for web and desktop use, analytic services, and developer community support
B. GII users can search, use and share geospatial content
C. The GII provides a secure mechanism to publish and share mission information
D. Both A & B
E. All of the above

22. Is this statement true or false? By providing access to more than 600 infrastructure data layers, the GII allows users to customize their individual views by adding relevant data that supports their unique missions.

23. What is the most efficient way to add the address locations of suspicious activities to your GII map?
A. Find each separate address on the map
B. Use the Find Location feature
C. Use the Add Map Notes feature
D. Upload a geocoded file from your computer

24. The GII platform includes which of the following types of geospatial data?
A. Weather, Ocean and Riverine; and feeds from Northcom’s SAGE
B. Imagery/Remote Sensing, and USGS Hazards
C. DHS Facilities, and assets including CBP, USCG, FEMA, TSA, USCIS, and USSS
D. Landscan daytime and nighttime populations information, and HSIP
E. All of the above

25. Is this statement true or false? The GII is designed to provide back-end data feeds to external mission systems, and is fully compliant and consistent with DHS enterprise architecture.

26. The GII allows you to access which of the following partner data feeds?
A. DHS Components
B. Federal operation centers
C. The National Geospatial intelligence Agency (NGA)
D. All of the above

27. What connection must be in place to publish data from ArcMap to the GII?
A. You must be connected to other groups in the GII
B. ArcGIS must be connected to the GII
C. GII must be connected to the secure cloud

28. Is this statement true or false? You must enter a title for the geocode request.

29. Which statement is true?
A. After the spreadsheet has been uploaded to the geocode server, you can leave the site or browse other services.
B. The geocode process will take a few minutes to complete.
C. The file status will change from yellow to green when the geocode request has completed processing.
D. All of the above

30. To use the geocode service to translate street address information into lat/long data, what is your first step?
A. Insert street addresses into a spreadsheet in .xls or .xlsx formats
B. Use the GII mapping tool to locate your area of interest
C. Upload a Microsoft Word file of addresses to the GII
D. Request a geocode service password from the Geospatial Management Office

31. Is this statement true or false? You must have an HSIN account before you can request a GII account.

32. To provide a secure data feed to external mission systems, what must GII users request from the GMO?
A. A security clearance
B. A token
C. A password
D. Both A & B
E. Both B & C

33. All items that you create or upload to the GII are accessible through which GII feature?
A. My Files
B. My Content
C. My Groups
D. My Organization

34. Which of the 12 basemaps in the GII contains satellite imagery with street and place names?
A. Bing Maps Road
B. Imagery with Labels
C. Bing Maps Hybrid
D. Open Street Map

35. What does the GII allow you to do with DHS Operational Data and Homeland Security Infrastructure-Level Data?
A. Connect to ArcMap
B. Leverage community architecture and capabilities
C. Securely search, discover, and access
D. Change data views over time

36. What are “Groups” in context of the GII platform?
A. A way to organize your content
B. Communities of interest
C. A way to share your content
 D. Both B & C
E. All of the Above

37. ArcGIS can be connected to the GII through which navigation tool?
A. ArcGIS Administrator
B. Make a Web Application
C. Groups
D. My Content

38. The GII supports mapping of which of the following data files?
A. Delimited text files, shapefiles, and GPS files
B. All of the above
C. KML and GeoRSS files
D. ArcGIS Server Web Service, Web Mapping Service

39. Is this statement true or false? Templates eliminate the need for custom programming when creating Web Apps in the GII.

40. Which statement is true about the GII token system?
A. Token authentication expires annually
B. Unique tokens are generated per system owner
C. Both A and B
D. None of the above

41. The GII provides homeland security and defense community members with access to hundreds of data layers that may be viewed in which mapping tool(s)?
A. GII’s built-in Map Viewer
B. Desktop GIS application
C. Northcom’s SAGE
D. Landscan
E. Both A & B

42. What happens when you add tags to a file?
A. You provide descriptive words for easy searching of the file in the GII
B. You make the file viewable to select organizations
C. You link one file to another file in the GII
D. You tag Map Notes in the file with specific information

43. Application and system owners can connect to the GII map services through what kind of security model?
A. Password encrypted
B. Take-grant protection
C. Role-based access control
D. Token-based

44. What is the first step in creating a Web App?
A. You click “Make a Web Application”
B. Click “Publish” below the selected template
C. You click on the application template you want to use
D. You must first save a Web Map

45. Is this statement true or false? The GII provides direct access to its content library so that other applications can leverage the same data.

46. Which option would you select from the Add menu if you want to add existing GII content to your map?
A. Add Map Notes
B. Search for Layers
C. Add Layer from Web
D. Add Layer from File

47. To access the GII platform, what is your first step?
A. Reference the Support link on the GII home page
B. Coordinate through your supervisor
C. Get an HSIN account
D. Request your DHS GII account

48. Which statements are true regarding adding map notes to a map in the GII platform?
A. Map notes are useful for adding a small number of features to a map
B. Map notes can be downloaded and used independently
C. Anyone can edit a map notes layer
D. Map notes are stored as separate layers

Find answers to the next exam here: FEMA IS-64.A: DHS Common Operating Picture Application Answers