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Cultural & Demographic Data Subcommittee FY 08 Work Plan

Agency Name: U.S. Census Bureau Lead: Randy Fusaro


Background:
The Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Data (SCDD) of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is composed of members from Federal agencies and the stakeholder community who develop or collect or finance the collection of cultural and demographic geospatially referenced data as part of their mission or that have direct application of these data through legislated mandate.


Objectives:
The goal of the SCDD is to promote the collection, use, sharing, and dissemination of cultural and demographic geospatially referenced data pertinent to the needs of the Nation. These data include the characteristics of the people, the nature of the dwellings in which they live, the economic activities they pursue, the facilities they use to support their health and recreational needs, the environmental consequences of their presence, and the boundaries, names and numeric codes of geographic entities used to report the information collected.



Responsibilities of the Subcommittee include the following:
  • Develop and maintain government-wide standards for the description, documentation, and exchange of geospatially referenced cultural and demographic data.

  • Promote the use of defined and published spatial data standards for social, cultural and demographic data.

  • Identify key social, cultural and demographic geospatial data sets that meet critical national planning and management needs and publish classification schemes for these data. The subcommittee works to improve access to these data within the restrictions imposed by applicable confidentiality and privacy regulations.

  • Facilitate the coordination of organizations' activities related to spatial social, cultural and demographic data as well as the exchange of such data, by formal and informal means.

  • Facilitate the collection and compilation of information for spatial social, cultural and demographicdata activities within the context of Geospatial One Stop (GOS).

  • Support higher-order or crosscutting activities established or recognized by the FGDC.

  • Encourage organizations to provide for the permanent preservation of historically valuable spatial social, cultural and demographic data.



Scope of Work

During fiscal year 2008, the subcommittee will focus on the following key items:

  1. Organize a meeting of the Subcommittee to discuss ongoing projects and new work items

  2. Facilitate the Public Review for the Street Address Data Standard and usher it through the standards adoption process to have it accepted as an FGDC standard.

  3. Continue to support the Governmental Unit and Other Geographic Area Boundary Framework Standard as it progresses through the ANSI process

  4. Continue to support the transitioning of the FIPS Standards to ANSI Standards

  5. Support the organization of an inter-agency committee to initiate work on a Cultural Resource Geospatial Data Content Standard

  6. Support work on the first draft of a Cultural Resource Geospatial Data Content Standard.


Milestones, Schedule, and Budget

Action

Date

Who

Develop Proposal for a Cultural Resources Geospatial Data Content Standard

November, 2007

SCDD Cultural Resources Working Group

Contact members and extend invitations to a Subcommittee meeting in February, 2008

early January 2008

Anne O’Connor

Hold a SCDD Meeting; focus on gathering support for Cultural Resources Standard

February 2008

Randy Fusaro

Work Group to begin drafting the Cultural Resources Geospatial Data Content Standard

February 2008

SCDD Cultural Resources Working Group

Finalize Draft of Street Address Standard

April 2008

Address Standard WG

Submit Street Address Standard to FGDC SWG

May 2008

Address Standard WG

Submit Street Address Standard to FGDC Coordination Group

July 2008

Address Standard WG

Publish Federal Register Notice for the Street Address Standard

August 2008

Census Bureau


Points of Contact:

Randy Fusaro
US Census Bureau
4600 Silver Hill Road – MS-7400
Washington, DC 20233-7400
Phone (301) 763-1056
E-mail Randy.J.Fusaro@census.gov



Anne O'Connor
US Census Bureau
4600 Silver Hill Road – MS-7400
Washington, DC 20233-7400
Phone (301) 763-1056
E-mail anne.v.o.connor@census.gov




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