Team Awarded the 2017 Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award

On November 24, 2017, FGDC's Acting Chair, Andrea Travnicek, Ph.D announced Team as the recipient of the 2017 Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award.  The official announcement is presented below.  The award presentation ceremony will take place at a future FGDC Steering Committee Meeting.

It is my great pleasure to announce that this year’s recipient of the Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Champion of the Year Award is the Marine Cadastre Team for 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. is a dynamic system containing authoritative geospatial data that are fundamental to the business decisions about the Nation’s offshore energy and ocean planning. This effort is a partnership between the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management, with support from 17 other federal data providers. provides data, web maps, and specialized tools and has been used by agencies to address national issues in the areas of energy infrastructure planning, ocean vessel navigation and safety, public hazard exposure, maritime transport, the DOD offshore wind mission, and maritime jurisdictions, zoning and limits.

The FGDC Marine Boundary Working Group also played a key role in the design, development, and success of the initiative that embodies the principles in OMB Circular A-16 and applies National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) data for decision making. Collaborative efforts included building a clearinghouse of authoritative national marine framework data through partnerships and making those data available through interoperable web-based standards such as Web Map Services, Web Feature Services, Keyhole Markup Language, and JavaScript Object Notation.

Team members of include:

From the Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM):

  • Christine Taylor, Jim Fulmer, Frank Pendelton, Josh Wadlington

From the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

  • Dave Stein, Mark Finkbeiner, Adam Bode, Jesse Brass, Nikki Brock, Cindy Fowler, Lindsay Goodwin, Daniel Martin, Caitlyn McCrary, Jodie Sprayberry, Megan Treml, Anna Verrill

I also want to thank all of the participants that submitted nominations. We had a number of excellent nominees and we appreciate the interest from the community. 

Please join me in congratulating the Team on their award!


Andrea Travnicek, Ph.D.
Acting Chair, FGDC