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FGDC Standards Working Group 1998 Accomplishments


Goal 1 - Increase the awareness and understanding of the vision, concepts, and benefits of the NSDI through outreach and education.

Objective 1 - Promote principles and practices of the NSDI through formal and informal education and training.

Action 1 - Provide educational sessions on various topics to FGDC membership. - PARTIAL

Feature registry project briefings to Coordination Group and most subcommittees.

Several briefings on Content Standard development activities to the Coordination Group and Steering Committee.

Briefing on the FGDC/ANSI/ISO/OGC Standards Harmonization activities to Coordination Group.

Standards Briefing on NSDI Standards to Digital Archive Directions Workshop (National Archive and Records Administration).

Action 2 - Increase the use of the Internet for reporting activities and distributing documents. - ACCOMPLISHED

New Web page designed and implemented.

All standards proposals on Web page and linked to standards.

Objective 2 - Identify and promote the attitudes and actions that help to develop the NSDI.

Action 1 - Develop directives for FGDC standards proposals, development and maintenance. - ACCOMPLISHED

Modified Standards Directives to better meet standards process and citational reference information.

Initiated Standard Process Harmonization discussions for FGDC Standards harmonization with ANSI, ISO, OGC, and others. Review of Standards Reference Model and directives for impact.

Action 2 - Coordinated the development of Standards Proposals and Standards development for the following standards. - ACCOMPLISHED

Proposals for Standards Announced in the Federal Register for Public Review:

Hydrographic Data Content Standard for Coastal and Inland Waterways (Bathymetric Subcommittee)

NSDI Framework Road Data Model Standard (Ground Transportation Subcommittee)

Biological Nomenclature and Taxonomy Data Standard (Biological Data Working Group)

Standards Announced in the Federal Register for Public Review:

SDTS Part 5: Raster Profile and Extensions (Base Cartographic Subcommittee)

SDTS Part 7: Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Profile (Facilities Working Group)

Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (Biological Data Working Group)

Standards Endorsed by the FGDC:

Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version 2.0) FGDC-STD-001-1998

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standard, Part 1, Reporting Methodology FGDC-STD-007.1-1998

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standard, Part 2, Geodetic Control Networks FGDC-STD-007.2-1998

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standard, Part 3, National Spatial Data Accuracy Standard FGDC-STD-007.3-1998

Action 3 - Assist the FGDC Secretariat with review and evaluation of CAP and Framework projects relating to geospatial data standards. - ACCOMPLISHED

Standards Working Group subgroup met and pre-evaluated standards related proposals.

Standards Working Group members participated in the final evaluation of proposals.

Provided Standards Briefing at NSDI CAP Charleston meeting.

GOAL 2 - Develop common solutions for discovery, access, and use of geospatial data in response to the needs of diverse communities.

Objective 1 - Support the evolution of common means to describe geospatial data sets.

Action 1 - Complete the Integrated Features Registry Project - ACCOMPLISHED

Limited contribution of feature content data from subcommittees.

Action 2 - Continue to develop the FGDC Standards Reference Model. - PARTIAL

Initiated Standard Process Harmonization discussion for FGDC Standards harmonization with ANSI, ISO, OGC, and others. Review of Standards Reference Model and directives for impact.

FGDC Reference Model briefed to National Center for Information Technology Standards

FGDC Reference Model compared to the ISO/TC 211 (international technical committee on geographic information/geomatics) Reference Model.

Editorial changes made to the Reference Model and issued in 1998.

Action 3 - Assisted the coordination of the revision of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM). - ACCOMPLISHED

CSDGM revision endorsed.

Action 4 - Coordinate FGDC standards activities with State and local governments, the private sector, and the academic community. - ACCOMPLISHED

Nation States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and National Association of Counties (NACo) representation on the Standards Working Group.

Attempts to gain more State and local government participation in standards activities by including NSGIC and NACo in mailings and announcements has produced results when accompanied by funding.

Continued support for the University Consortium for Geographic Information Sciences to provide basic research in support of geospatial data standards.

Action 5 - Support the development of the data model for the NSDI Framework Data. - PARTIAL

A better understanding of the relationship between the framework data model activity and other FGDC standards activities was reached.

GOAL 3 - Use community-based approaches to develop and maintain common collections of geospatial data for sound decision-making.

Objective 1 - Promote common classification systems, content standards, data models, and other common models to facilitate data development, sharing, and use.

Action 1 - Facilitate non-federal participation in FGDC standards development - ACCOMPLISHED

Opened the Standards Working Group to all outside groups and individuals.

Improved Web pages to facilitate easy access to the Standards Working Group information and standards process.

Improved document distribution to facilitate easy access to standards proposals and draft documents.

Revised standards process to facilitate outside community awareness of FGDC standards activities early in the process, for example, public review of proposals.

Monitored the FGDC grant processes.

Action 2 - In cooperation with ANSI X3L1 ad hoc Working Group 1, develop a process for ANSI approval and maintenance of SDTS profiles. - PARTIAL

The National Committee for Information Technology Standards (NCITS) L1, formerly X3L1, was briefed on alternatives for maintenance of SDTS profiles, tentative agreement has been reached but not documented.

Action 3 - Support and participate in the ISO/TC 211 metadata standard activity and coordinate that activity with the FGDC metadata revision. - ACCOMPLISHED

Under the Standards Working Group initiative an independent working group was established to coordinate FGDC metadata revision with ISO/TC 211.

Metadata Working Group Chair is an FGDC-sponsored U.S. Expert to the ISO/TC 211 metadata project.

The NIMA representative to the Standards Working Group continues to lead the ISO/TC 211 metadata project.

GOAL 4 - Build relationships among organizations to support the continuing development of the NSDI.
Objective 1 - Build a network of organizations linked through commitment to common interests within the context of the NSDI.

Action 1 - Conduct review of the standards and standard proposals for their readiness to advance to the next stage in the standards process. - ACCOMPLISHED

Completed new standards public proposal review of Hydrographic Data Content Standard for Coastal and Inland Waterways, NSDI Framework Road Data Model Standard, Biological Nomenclature and Taxonomy Data Standard.

Completed new standards public review of SDTS Part 5: Raster Profile and Extensions, SDTS Part 7: Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Profile, Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata.

Action 2 - Continue to refine the process and criteria the Standards Working Group will use to evaluate standards being developed. - ACCOMPLISHED

New process for public review of proposals added to gain more awareness at the beginning of the process.

Streamlined process by making Coordination Group approval coincide with the Standards Working Group approvals.

Added requirements for "boilerplate" section for FGDC standards, which includes a section on maintenance.

Objective 2 - Identify and support the personal, institutional, and econmic behaviors; technologies; policies and legal frameworks that promote the development of the NSDI.

Action 1 - Continue to encourage the FGDC member participation in the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the Open GIS Consortium.- ACCOMPLISHED

Standards Working Group members continue to participate as members of the American National Standards Institute accredited subcommittee on Geographic Information System standards, the International Organization for Standardization's technical committee for Geographic information/Geomatics, and the Open GIS Consortium.

Initiated Standard Process Harmonization discussions for FGDC Standards harmonization with ANSI, ISO, OGC, and others. Review of Standards Reference Model and directives for impact.

Objective 3 - Participate with the international geospatial data information community in the development of a global geospatial data infrastructure.

Action 1 - Continue to encourage the FGDC member participation in the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) quality standards activities. - ACCOMPLISHED

Drafts of the ISO Quality standard have been distributed for comment to the Standards Working Group membership.

Action 2 - Maintain awareness of the activities of the OpenGIS Consortium - PARTIAL

OpenGIS was welcomed as a Standards Working Group member but participation by the OpenGIS Consortium has been minimal.

Standards Working Group members continue to participate in OpenGIS activities.

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