Common Service Workgroup GSA Federal SmartBuy for Geospatial Products
[PDF 82KB]
2009 Federal agencies use many of the same commercial products to perform geospatial operations but possess widely disparate contractual vehicles for procuring software and services. Procurement of geospatial software products can be fragmented and sometimes redundant. Consequently, the potential for agency savings is eroded and commercial vendors spend a disproportionate amount of time coordinating dozens, if not hundreds, of different accounts within an agency or department. Furthermore, many agencies do not have access to value-added services of the vendor community such as training and technical support. The CSWG, composed of representatives from across the federal community, is working with the General Services Administration (GSA) SmartBUY Team to implement a multi-vendor Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) that will provide small, medium, and large government users a common portfolio of geospatial technology options.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup
Geo-Enabling the businesses of government
[PDF 219KB]
Geo-enabling is to take loosely geo referenced information typically in a database with a column that contains a street address, a zip code, a county name, a permit number, a watershed code, or route number and automatically join it up with the representation of that geography to make a map-able dataset (make a map) and to support visual and GIS analysis against other data. The value is not in making the map, but in potential juxtaposition with other geodata that may support or enhance an existing or desired business process or decision support scenario. This factsheet provides information on the value of geo-enabling as well as examples in the federal sector. 
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup Documenting Tabular Geospatial Data [PDF 55.6KB]
The term 'geospatial data' is most commonly used to reference maps, photographs, satellite images and Geographic Information System (GIS) products. However, vast amounts of geospatial data are collected in common tables and databases. This tabular data may include a specific column for geographic coordinates but it is far more common that geospatial location is referenced by street address, administrative boundaries such as school districts, geophysical features such as watersheds and other "mappable" attributes. At some level, most tabular data is geospatial. Though the geospatial character of the dataset features may reference an area rather than a specific point, the data can, none the less, be tied to a location on the earth.   This guidance describes tabular data in the sense of geospatial metadata, refers to the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata, provides a quick reference to methods and tools, applies the CSDGM to tabular data, and documenting tabular attributes in metadata.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup HUD's Geocoding Services
[PDF 85KB]
2009 Proper address management and standardization is critical for making government more effective and accountable. Geo-enabling HUD’s data improves program performance and supports policy and decisionmaking. HUD's enterprise-wide Geocode Service Center provides a single source of geocoding services across the Department, reducing costs, increasing quality, and providing opportunities to create new products and services.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup
EPA's MyEnvironment
[PDF 387KB]
MyEnvironment provides the public with access to environmental information that they need to understand their area of interest. It provides this information in a simple, map-based format that enables users to understand the conditions in their region across multiple media (e.g. air, land, water). MyEnvironment saves users time and resources, allowing them to view, understand, and download information from a single access point.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup EPA's NEPAssist
[PDF 286KB]
NEPAssist is a web-based GIS application that saves agencies time and resources with its standardized, data-driven approach using consistent federal, state, and local data sets. Using NEPAssist can reduce the time it takes to review federal agencies' scoping notices and projects at early stages of development by 75%, allowing practitioners to respond to many more scoping notices than in the past while also reducing time needed to prepare NEPA environmental assessments (EAs) by as much as four weeks.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup NOAA's nowCOAST
[PDF 391KB]
NOAA’s nowCOAST is a GIS-based Web mapping portal providing integrated, one-stop access to on-line, real-time coastal environmental observations and NOAA forecasts for any region in the coastal United States. nowCOAST provides coastal situational awareness of present and future (+3 days) environmental conditions in order to plan and respond to threatening coastal hazards.
It saves users time and resources by allowing them to view, understand, and query information from a single access point, while also providing options for accessing information not available through other venues. A growing numbers of users access owCOAST, consistently submitting positive feedback and requests for additional products.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup DoJ's Mapping & Analysis for Public Safety [PDF 84KB]
The Department of Justice (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has implemented a Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) Program to support research that helps agencies use GIS to enhance public safety. The MAPS Program strives to offer solutions to crime and public safety problems through a combination of research, practice, technology and policy while applying GIS and statistical analysis to allocate law enforcement resources.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup FEMA's Enterprise Geospatial Services [PDF 141KB]
FEMA’s Enterprise Geospatial Services help improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of geospatial investments across the agency. By providing a suite of services that can assist in performing essential agency-wide functions, such as data delivery, automated map production, and licensing, FEMA is able to streamline its GIS operations and maximize its use of geospatial technology across the agency.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup USGS's Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) [PDF 88KB]
The Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) is a web-based, spatially-enabled management tool, provides one-stop access to information about USGS projects, people, offices, and publications. GMIS integrates information from multiple sources and features search options by topic and geographic area. The USGS Science Strategy emphasizes the importance of data access and integration in enabling the Bureau to address the complex scientific challenges facing society over the next decade. Development of the GMIS responds to one of the specific recommendations on data integration outlined in the Science Strategy.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup CDC's Enterprise GIS Implementation [PDF 77KB]
Geospatial information and technology are integral to nearly all aspects of CDC’s mission. Person, place and time are three key concepts in epidemiological studies, and GIS can leverage them together to save lives. In order to maximize its use of geospatial resources, CDC created an Enterprise GIS Office that coordinates the use of GIS data and software across the agency. CDC’s Enterprise GIS implementation has helped the agency better manage data derived from numerous government and private sources. Improving geospatial data management helps GIS analysts across CDC to model factors affecting health and disease transmission in a target area. Additionally, CDC’s enterprise GIS consolidated software license across the organization, which saves over $100,000 per year and many hours of procurement work.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup BLM's National Integrated Land System (NILS) GeoCommunicator [PDF 117KB]
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service have created the National Integrated Land System (NILS) GeoCommunicator website to offer free BLM and USFS data in multiple forms, including interactive maps, map services, web services, and downloadable data (www.geocommunicator.gov).
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup EPA's EPA Metadata Editor (EME) [PDF 271KB]
The EPA Metadata Editor (EME) allows users to easily create and edit Federal Geographic Data Committee(FGDC)-compliant geospatial metadata. Its simple user interface and flexible design assists users across numerous organizations in creating high-quality, accurate and consistent metadata records.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup USDA's Common Land Unit (CLU) [PDF 105KB]
The Common Land Unit (CLU) is a nation-wide data set of farm field boundaries developed by USDA’s FSA. The agency uses the CLU data as a critical tool for carrying out their mission of resource conservation, disaster recovery and stabilization of farm incomes. The CLU is also used by farmers, ranchers, and sister agencies to help manage operations, develop conservation plans, manage crop insurance, deal with pest infestations, build agriculture census data, and more.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup USDA's Tool for Environmental Resource Results Assessment (TERRA) [PDF 129KB]
The Tool for Environmental Resource Results Assessment (TERRA) helps the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) calculate the environmental and monetary costs and benefits associated with land entering into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). FSA developed TERRA to help streamline the processes needed to enter new lands into the CRP program.
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup
NBII's Global Wildlife Disease News Map [PDF 228KB]
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a collaborative program that links information and tools from a wide range of partners to report on the nation’s plants, animals and ecosystems. The Global Wildlife Disease News Map, developed by the NBII Wildlife Disease Information Node (WDIN) displays recently published media reports in a geographical context allowing users to see where news-worthy wildlife disease events are occurring around the globe. 
Geo-Enabling Business Workgroup USDA's Recovery Act Projects Map [PDF 99KB]
The Recovery Act Projects Map allows citizens to see where and how their tax dollars create jobs, build infrastructure and help to bolster the economy. The site also provides links to ARRA funding reports and stories.  In addition, citizens have access to web pages where they can report suspected cases of waste or fraud related to ARRA funds.