In 2014, the FGDC announced the establishment of the Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Champion of the Year Award in honor of a respected colleague, technical visionary, and recognized national and international leader in the establishment of spatial data infrastructures.The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC) MODIS team was selected as the first recipient of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Champion of the Year Award. They were presented with the award at the FGDC Steering Committee Meeting held on September 29, 2016. The award recognizes exemplary technical achievement and leadership in supporting the development and advancement of NSDI. The award honors Doug Nebert, who was a respected FGDC colleague, technical visionary, and recognized national and international leader in the establishment of spatial data infrastructures.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC) MODIS team is recognized by the FGDC as an early pioneer in remote sensing-based Spatial Data Infrastructures and your commitment to continued innovation, persistence, and creativity in the development of the MODIS tools to support research. The ORNL DAAC MODIS system and tools epitomize the NSDI framework of the FGDC by following data and architecture principles as defined in OMB Circular A-16, implementation of FGDC endorsed standards and metadata guidelines, and adoption and delivery of National Geospatial Data Assets in accordance with the framework.
For 13 years, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center MODIS system and tools have served as an exemplar of success through integrating and delivering spatial data, tools, and services to a broad global community of practitioners, educators, and students. The resources support synthesis and analysis to improve societal understanding and decision making in agriculture, biodiversity, energy, ecosystems, climate, and disasters. ORNL DAAC MODIS system and tools serve an audience of over 7,000 distinct users and handle an average of 20 million global request each year. The user-driven ORNL DAAC MODIS system and tools are globally recognized and are highlighted in a variety of journals ranging from Remote Sensing of the Environment to the Journal of Paleolimnology.
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