Great Smoky Mountains    National Park Digital Archive on NPGallery

About NPGallery and Great Smoky Mountains NPGallery Digital Archive

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural tapestry of Southern Appalachian history. The mountains have had a long human history spanning thousands of years - from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to early European settlement in the 1800s to loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in the 20th century. Learn more: www.nps.gov/grsm

Great Smoky Mountains NPGallery Digital Archive

This digital archive collection encompasses digital collections of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Additional assets will be added as they are processed.

GRSM Accuracy Assessment Collection

The collection encompasses photographs taken as part of the Great Smoky Mountains (GRSM) Accuracy Assessment which is part of the vegetation mapping effort. The National Park Service Vegetation Inventory Program has been a collaborative arrangement between the USGS Center for Biological Informatics and the NPS since 1992. The purpose of the formal accuracy assessment is to evaluate the final vegetation map product in order to understand the reliability.

GRSM NPSpecies Image Library Collection

Great Smoky Mountains is the most biodiverse park in the National Park system. Biological diversity, or ‘biodiversity’, means the number and variety of different types of animals, plants, fungi, and other organisms in a location or habitat. Encompassing over 800 square miles in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, no other area of equal size in a temperate climate can match the park's amazing diversity. Over 19,000 species have been documented in the park and scientists believe an additional 80,000-100,000 species may live here. This NPGallery collection is a per species image library. NPSpecies is the National Park Service's system for managing taxonomy, species observations, and information about species in parks. More information can be found on NPSpecies here: irma.nps.gov/NPSpecies


About NPGallery

The NPGallery Digital Asset Management System is an enterprise system for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and other digital files. NPGallery's central online repository offers a place for the NPS to store digital assets, including photos, illustrations, audio files, videos, and documents. The NPGallery platform lets parks and other programs easily store and organize all of their digital files, and allows users access to easily find and retrieve specific files. NPGallery is a premier solution for NPS parks and programs who have a need to manage and disseminate large volumes of digital assets, with many people accessing and using those assets.

NPGallery supports a wide array of digital asset file types (images, MS office formats, adobe pdfs, audio files, videos). Digital assets have control access to those files to ensure they are used properly. NPGallery supports parks and programs with digital asset hosting and delivery services. Digital assets in the system can be provided for public use, or locked for discovery only by internal NPS users. NPGallery has terabytes of digital files of all types that are safely stored and quickly retrievable for NPS business needs.

NPGallery provides a simple text search and search by state and park options, or has the ability to “search more fields” for robust metadata searching. Search results can be refined by filtering options. NPGallery supports web services, support for embedded metadata, and integrated geospatial capabilities. NPGallery also has a responsive user interface design, and the interface will gracefully resize to match the size of the screen on your device, supporting mobile.

Web authors using the NPS.gov content management system(CMS) now use NPGallery as the source for all photo galleries shown in the CMS.

Benefits of NPGallery to Parks & Programs

The NPGallery platform lets parks and other programs easily store and organize all of their digital files, and allows users access to easily find and retrieve specific files. These images and other digital assets have a direct URL link and can be used on program web pages. Multiple file sizes of each digital asset are stored and available for use and download.

Contact the NPGallery staff to have us assist your park or program with your unique Digital Asset Management needs. Email: NPGallery@nps.gov

NPGallery has continued working with individual parks and programs to create individual portals. These semi-custom web pages allow NPS parks and programs to deliver digital assets from a unique web page that highlights and shares photos, documents, audio files, and videos. Searching the featured digital archive can be customized to help guide a user through discovering the valuable digital assets unique to each park or program.