The Transportation Data Stewardship Enhancement Plan was accomplished under a project funded as part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) Category 5—a grant program administered by the U.S. Geological Survey. It defines a framework and specific initiatives to enhance and expand the Michigan Geographic Framework transportation data themes through building an environment that encourages broad participation through shared responsibility, shared costs, shared benefits, and shared control.
Work on the plan preparation began in March of 2010 and was completed in September of 2010. The Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships assembled a project Steering Committee to oversee plan preparation and have engaged a consultant team from the firm GeoPlanning Services, LLC to gather information and prepare the plan. Input was gathered from the project Steering Committee, and project participants from the statewide GIS community.
The planning process determined that effective long term Stewardship requires active involvement by a wide variety of partners with a stake in the success of the program. The plan recommends a number of specific tasks, in tight alignment with the Michigan Statewide GIS Business Plan, to build a framework for the program. These tasks include a number related to governance such as creation of technical working groups to develop a stewardship charter and address specific programmatic issues such as the structure of the transportation stewardship program, data distribution policies, and data standards.
Steve Aichele, USGS Geospatial Liaison for Michigan