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Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing November 15 as 'National GIS Day'

Senate Passes GIS Day Resolution Following Successful Passage of Geospatial Data Act

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FGDC Message on the Passage of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018

October 11, 2018 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to let you know that on October 5, the President signed the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (GDA) into law.  The GDA was included as a component of HR. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act.

We would like to recognize the bipartisan sponsors of the GDA, Senators Hatch and Warner, and Representatives Westerman and Moulton, for their leadership in sponsoring the Act and seeing it through to final passage.  I would also like to thank the many geospatial organizations who have advocated for the GDA and worked with Congress to develop consensus on the final bill language.  The GDA reflects broad agreement from many different stakeholders across the geospatial community.

The wide support for the GDA reflects growing recognition of the essential role of geospatial data and technology and highlights the need to support their continuing development as critical infrastructure.  Collaborative relationships and partnerships are fundamental components of the GDA and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and we look forward to continued engagement with our partner organizations as we address the requirements of the Act. 

In the coming weeks and months, we will be working with FGDC agencies and with partners to develop thoughtful implementation strategies for the GDA.  The GDA includes new responsibilities and processes, and will change the way that we manage geospatial programs across government.  We are committed to working collaboratively to implement the GDA in an effective manner.  We will continue to keep you informed as we work through the implementation process.  We have set up a new page on the FGDC website, www.fgdc.gov/gda, where we will post updates and information about the implementation of the Act. 

We look forward to working with all of you on this important new legislation, and to supporting our shared interest in advancing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. 

Regards,

Timothy Petty, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary, Water and Science, Department of the Interior

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NGAC Adopts New Papers on Data as a Service and Infrastructure

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) adopted several new products at its September 2018 meeting. These papers are timely and highly relevant to current activities related to the Federal Data Strategy and infrastructure initiatives.

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FGDC Seeks Nominations for National Geospatial Advisory Committee

July 13, 2018

The Department of the Interior and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) are seeking nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).  The NGAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior through the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) related to management of Federal geospatial programs, development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906.  The NGAC reviews and comments on geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum for views of non-Federal stakeholders in the geospatial community.  The NGAC conducts its operations in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and functions solely as an advisory body.

Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to ngacnominations@fgdc.gov by August 27, 2018.  Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations.  Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee’s qualifications, including information that would enable the Department of the Interior to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and permit the Department of the Interior to contact a potential member.  Nominees are strongly encouraged to include supporting letters from constituents, trade associations, alliances, and/or other organizations that indicate the support by a meaningful constituency for the nominee.  Additional information may be requested from nominees. 

The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various stakeholders involved in national geospatial activities.  NGAC members are appointed for staggered terms, and nominations received through this call for nominations may be used to fill vacancies on the NGAC that will become available in 2018 and 2019.  Members of the Committee serve without compensation.  However, members may be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses incurred while attending Committee meetings in accordance with the Federal travel regulations as implemented by the Department of the Interior.  

Nominations will be reviewed by the FGDC and additional information may be requested from nominees.  Final selection and appointment of NGAC members will be made by the Secretary of the Interior.  Individuals who are Federally registered lobbyists are ineligible to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils in an individual capacity.  The term "individual capacity" refers to individuals who are appointed to exercise their own individual best judgment on behalf of the Government, such as when they are designated Special Government Employees, rather than being appointed to represent a particular interest.

Please note: Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your nomination, you should be aware that your entire nomination—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you may ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The NGAC Charter includes additional information about the NGAC’s roles and responsibilities.

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2018 Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award - Now Accepting Nominations Deadline August 24

The Federal Geographic Data Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Champion of the Year Award. Doug was a recognized national and international leader in the establishment of spatial data infrastructures and technical visionary as well as respected colleague.

To commemorate Nebert’s varied contributions to and passions for our nation’s geography and cartography, the FGDC is accepting nominations for the newly established award.

"This award commemorates Doug’s influence in promoting the vision of the NSDI," said Ivan DeLoatch, Executive Director of the FGDC. "This is a unique opportunity to honor significant contributions to an individual or group of individuals that have furthered the goal of available and easily integrated data to enhance the understanding of our physical and cultural world."

Eligibility: The nominations are available to an individual or a team representing Federal, State, Tribal, regional, and/or local government, academia, or non-profit and professional organization that has developed an outstanding, innovative, and operational tool, application, or service capability used by multiple organizations that furthers the vision of the NSDI. The nominee must be a US Citizen.

Nomination Process: Each nomination package will be submitted in electronic form through the award Web site and include justification and related nomination information. You may also email your submission to fgdc@fgdc.gov, efrazier@usgs.gov and lfoulkes@usgs.gov. 

Nominations are due by August 24, 2018.

Award Selection: An interagency team of SDI experts from the FGDC will review all nominations and make a recommendation for the award to the FGDC Chair who will make the final decision on the award. The award information will be posted on the FGDC Web site.

This NSDI award will be based on the following foundational precepts:

  • Innovation and vision

  • Interoperability

  • Use of standards

  • Advancement of NSDI principles

  • Service to communities of users

  • Developed once, used by many

  • Improved performance and service

  • Real-world application

Further questions can be directed to FGDC, Lucia Foulkes and Rich Frazier.  




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OGC Disasters Concept Development Study - Request for Information

Colleagues,

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced an opportunity to participate in a Disasters Concept Development Study (CDS).  The OGC-led CDS will assess the current state of data exchange technologies as used in the response to, and planning for disasters. The information gained through the CDS will assist in developing a series of future pilots that will in turn advance the state of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) supporting disaster risk reduction across the globe.

The Request for Information has been announced.  Responses are due March 30.  I encourage your participation in the CDS, and, as appropriate, sharing this opportunity with your communities and stakeholders.  

At the conclusion of this study the collected information will be shared with the community.  Additional information related to the study and the RFI will be accessible on the OGC website.  If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Rich Frazier at efrazier@usgs.gov.

Regards,

Ivan B. DeLoatch
Executive Director
Federal Geographic Data Committee

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FGDC 2017 Annual Report now available

fgdc 2017 ar coverDear FGDC Community,

I am pleased to announce the release of the FGDC 2017 Annual Report. The report is available  here  for downloading in both high-resolution and low-resolution digital (.pdf) file format.  A limited number of printed versions will be available in mid-to-late March. If you would like a printed version, please contact Lucia Foulkes  at  lfoulkes@usgs.gov

This report provides a summary of program, management, and performance information and describes the FGDC’s actions during FY 2017.  This year’s lead story highlights some of the FGDC member agencies’ use of geospatial data and technology to support response and recovery efforts to last year’s hurricanes. The article includes examples that illustrate the critical value of geospatial applications and tools for preparedness, response, and recovery activities. The report also includes FY 2017 activities and accomplishments of the FGDC subcommittees and working groups.

Many thanks to all of the agencies and individuals for the work documented in the annual report, and thanks also to those who contributed to the report. 

Sincerely Yours,

Andrea Travnicek, Ph.D.
Acting Chair, FGDC


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New NGAC paper: Geospatial Information - The Key to Smart Infrastructure Investments

ngac paper geospatial key to smart investments coverThe National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) has adopted a paper highlighting the critical role geospatial tools and information can play in supporting national infrastructure development initiatives.  The paper, “Geospatial Information: The Key to Smart Infrastructure Investments,” focuses on the unique ability of geospatial technology to enable smart infrastructure decisions and investments, and describes how geospatial tools can be used to plan, manage, and communicate the results of national infrastructure development initiatives. 

The paper notes that all levels of government and private entities have a role to play in using geospatial technologies to enhance the efficiency of infrastructure renewal. The NGAC recommends that the Federal government’s role should include:

  1. Supporting foundational data such as remotely sensed imagery, address data, and other National Geospatial Data Assets.
  2. Promoting data sharing standards to reduce duplicated effort and enhance data sharing.
  3. Utilizing geospatial data and tools, including the GeoPlatform (www.geoplatform.gov), to plan, manage, track, and communicate the results of a national infrastructure initiative.
  4. Ensuring that infrastructure grant funds may be applied to geospatial data, systems, and services. Such investments are as important as investments in steel and concrete, but with a far greater return.
  5. Modernizing governance of geospatial data and programs nationally to reduce duplication and capture increased efficiencies.

The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice and recommendation on national geospatial policy issues to the member agencies of the Federal Geographic Data Committee.  The NGAC includes members from all levels of government, the private sector, non-profits, and academia.  Additional information about the NGAC is available at: www.fgdc.gov/ngac.

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Announcement of the OGC Disasters Concept Development Study

Colleagues,

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced an opportunity to participate in a Disasters Concept Development Study (CDS).  The OGC-led CDS will assess the current state of data exchange technologies as used in the response to, and planning for disasters. The information gained through the CDS will assist in developing a series of future pilots that will in turn advance the state of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) supporting disaster risk reduction across the globe.

The announcement provides information on the CDS, an engagement plan that includes workshops, and a forthcoming Request For Information (RFI). Moving forward, the website will be used to highlight additional activities and status.  I encourage your participation in the CDS, and, as appropriate, sharing this opportunity with your communities and stakeholders.  

At the conclusion of this study the collected information will be shared with the community.  Additional information related to the study and the RFI will be accessible on the OGC website.  If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Rich Frazier at efrazier@usgs.gov.

Regards,

Ivan B. DeLoatch
Executive Director
Federal Geographic Data Committee

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MarineCadastre.gov 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 MarineCadastre.gov 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 MarineCadastre.gov. 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.

MarineCadastre.govMarineCadastre.gov 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. MarineCadastre.gov 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 MarineCadastre.gov 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 MarineCadastre.gov 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 MarineCadastre.gov Team on their award!

Congratulations!

Andrea Travnicek, Ph.D.
Acting Chair, FGDC

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FGDC endorses ISO metadata and data quality standards

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Steering Committee endorsed INCITS/ISO 19115-1:2014 Geographic information -- Metadata -- Part 1: Fundamentals and INCITS/ISO 19157:2013[2014] Geographic information -- Data quality standards in December 2016. This endorsement is part of the FGDC’s continuing efforts to advance geospatial metadata and its use for efficient and effective search, discovery, and access to the data it describes, and to facilitate more direct access to online data services.

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Department of the Interior Appoints 14 Members to National Geospatial Advisory Committee

January 9, 2017

The Department of the Interior has appointed 14 individuals to serve as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), which provides advice and recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI promotes sharing of geospatial data across all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the academic community.

The Department has also reappointed the Chair and Vice-Chair of the NGAC. Julie Sweetkind-Singer, the NGAC Chair, is the Assistant Director of Geospatial and Cartographic Services; and Head Librarian of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections at Stanford University.  Keith Masback, the NGAC Vice-Chair, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to achieve a balanced representation of the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology. NGAC members are appointed to serve staggered terms on the committee. The 2017 appointees to three-year terms on the NGAC are:

  • Mr. Gar Clarke, State of New Mexico
  • Mr. Garet Couch, National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center
  • Ms. Patricia Cummens, ESRI (reappointed to a second term)
  • Mr. Stuart Davis, State of Ohio
  • Ms. Roberta Lenczowski, Roberta E. Lenczowski Consulting
  • Mr. Keith Masback, U. S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (reappointed to a second term)
  • Mr. Kevin Pomfret, Centre for Spatial Law and Policy (reappointed to a second term)
  • Major General William N. Reddel III, New Hampshire National Guard (reappointed to a second term)
  • Ms. Rebecca Somers, Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
  • Mr. Cy Smith, State of Oregon
  • Ms. Jennie Stapp, State of Montana
  • Ms. Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Stanford University (reappointed to a second term)
  • Dr. Harvey Thorleifson, State of Minnesota (reappointed to a second term)
  • Mr. Jason Warzinik, Boone County, Missouri (reappointed to a second term)

The NGAC meets three to four times per year. The public is invited to comment and make suggestions at all committee meetings, which will be announced by publication in the Federal Register at least 15 days before the meeting date. The U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, provides support services for the NGAC. The NGAC functions solely as an advisory body.

The NGAC was created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, enacted by Congress in 1972 to ensure that advice rendered to the executive branch by advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions formed by Congress and the President, be both objective and accessible to the public. The Act formalized a process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating these advisory bodies.

Additional information about the NGAC, including a complete list of the 28 committee members, is available at www.fgdc.gov/ngac.

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FGDC NSDI Strategic Framework Released

Geospatial Economic Impact GraphicApproved by the FGDC and endorsed by the NGAC in December 2016, the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Strategic Framework document provides a high-level plan for the continuing development and expansion of the NSDI. This high-level NSDI Strategic Framework has been developed through an analysis of the 2014-2016 NSDI Strategic Plan and the incorporation of input and requirements from non-federal partners and constituents, including the National Geospatial Advisory Committee and the organizations represented by its members. 

The FGDC community has made notable progress over the past three years in driving activities to advance the NSDI. However, significant work remains to achieve the vision of the NSDI. In order to continue this progress, this Strategic Framework identifies three major goals for the Federal community to address and three strategies to work on collaboratively with the broader geospatial community of practice.  The FGDC community will engage with the new administration in 2017 to refine this Framework and collaboratively develop implementation approaches to address the goals and strategies included in this document.

NSDI Strategic Framework Document (pdf) - Approved by the FGDC December 2016

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Draft NSDI Strategic Framework Available for Review and Feedback

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is seeking feedback on the draft strategic framework for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).  This draft framework has been developed with inputs from multiple sources. These inputs have included forums for leaders of key geospatial organizations, workshops for Federal leaders, sessions at geospatial professional conferences, and public meetings of the FGDC Coordination Group, the FGDC Steering Committee, and the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. The ideas and suggestions we have received from partners have been instrumental in shaping this document.  Following the feedback opportunity, a revised version of the framework will be prepared for final review by the FGDC Steering Committee.  Following completion of the high-level strategic framework, the FGDC will develop a final strategic plan and implementation approach in 2017. 

DATES:  Feedback can be submitted  to nsdicomments@fgdc.gov by Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (206-220-4621).

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ORNL DAAC MODIS team receive the first Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award

ORNL DACC MODIS team receive the first Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award

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FCSM GIG is hosting Geospatial Web Applications, Tools & Data Workshop on November 18, 2016

The Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Geospatial Interest Group (GIG) is proud to sponsor a one-day workshop focusing on spatial analysis tools.  Come join us for a day of interactive demonstrations featuring exciting geospatial web applications developed by federal agencies. You will learn about each tool and have time to test it out.   Experts will also highlight their geospatial apps, tools, data and products in a series of lightning talks followed by an open session where you can meet each of the experts and have in depth discussions.  In person and remote participation is available.  

Learn more.

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FGDC News Digest - October 2016

Contents

  • Doug D. Nebert, NSDI Champion of the Year Awarded
  • FGDC Announces New Address Theme
  • National Geospatial Advisory Council (NGAC) – September Public Meeting
  • Geospatial Platform Workshop to be held December 6 – 7, 2016

Read the full FGDC News Digest - October 2016 (pdf)

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USDOT completes a National Address Database Pilot Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently completed a National Address Database pilot project.   Pilot activities included identifying a minimum data content guideline and examining approaches to assist counties that haven’t previously had electronic address data. This activity supports the new National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Address Theme.

Read the National Address Database Pilot Project Findings Report (pdf, 3.2mb)

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FGDC Announces Establishment of New Address Theme

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has announced the establishment of New National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Address Theme. The FGDC Steering Committee, in concurrence with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), approved the creation of a NGDA Address Theme on August 8, 2016.  The addition of the new theme represents an official change to the list of NGDA Data Themes established as part of previous updates to OMB Circular A-16, Appendix E.

The Lead Agencies of the newly created Address Theme are the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau.  The new Address Theme will be supported by a subcommittee and will support the ongoing work to develop a National Address Database.

The NGDA Theme list and associated documents and web pages are being updated to reflect this change. The current list of NGDA Themes is available from the FGDC website at: http://www.fgdc.gov/policyandplanning/a-16/index_html

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