Overview

ScienceBase implements the basic requirements for OpenSearch, allowing the responses to be used in syndication formats such as RSS and ATOM.  ScienceBase Catalog can also be set as a search engine in the browser.  For more information, see http://www.opensearch.org/Home 

OpenSearchDescription

The OpenSearchDescription document can be retrieved by navigating to http://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/items/openSearch

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns='http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/'>
     <ShortName>USGS ScienceBase</ShortName>
     <Description>USGS ScienceBase Search - http://www.sciencebase.gov</Description>
     <Tags>USGS ScienceBase</Tags>
     <Contact>sciencebase@usgs.gov</Contact>
     <Url type='application/atom+xml' template='https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/items?q={searchTerms}&amp;pw={startPage}&amp;format=atom'/>
     <Url type='application/json' template='https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/items?q={searchTerms}&amp;pw={startPage}&amp;format=json'/>
     <Url type='text/html' template='https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/items?q={searchTerms}&amp;pw={startPage}&amp;'/>
     <Image height='72' width='178' type='image/jpeg'>http://www.usgs.gov/images/header_graphic_usgsIdentifier_white.jpg</Image>
     <Image height='16' width='16' type='image/vnd.microsoft.icon'>https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/images/favicon.ico</Image>
     <Image height='16' width='16' type='image/jpeg'>https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/images/favicon.jpg</Image>
     <Query role='example' searchTerms='water'/>
     <Developer>ScienceBase Development Team</Developer>
     <SyndicationRight>open</SyndicationRight>
     <AdultContent>false</AdultContent>
     <Language>en-us</Language>
     <OutputEncoding>UTF-8</OutputEncoding>
     <InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>
</OpenSearchDescription>

Google Maps Example

https://maps.google.com/maps?dg=feature&output=classic and enter any atom response in the search box.  For example:
https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/items?q=sage+grouse&pw=1&format=atom