April 6,2004 FGDC Coordination Meeting Summary

Host: Kevin Neimond, NACo


Al Stevens, FGDC
Alison Kiernan, FGDC
Jason G. Racette, BLM
Jochen Albrecht, UCGIS
Monica DeAngelo, FERC
Chris Clarke, NRCS/USDA
Milo Robinson, FGDC
Bruce McKenzie, FGDC
Robert Horne, DHS GMO
Dave Disera, GITA/EMA
Brett Abrams, NARA
Bob Samborski, GITA
Bill Burgess, NSGIC
Wendy Blake Coleman, EPA
Brenda Smith, EPA
Tricia Gibbons, LEAD Alliance
Tim Trainor, Census
Mark Bradford, BTS
Julie Maitra, FGDC
Charles Croner, CDC
Jon Sperling, HUD
Kim Owens, NOAA
Leslie Wollack, GOS
Fred Miller, GSA
Rick Pearsall, USGS

FGDC Future Directions - Tricia Gibbons, LEAD Alliance

Tricia Gibbons updated the group on the results of the 2 Future Directions focus groups (participants of the focus groups were from NSGIC and industry/organizations). Three overarching themes resulting from the Future Directions activity are: Making Framework Real; Forging Partnerships with Purpose; and Delivering the Message. At the May 4 Coordination Group meeting we need to endorse actions regarding framework, partnerships, and delivering the FGDC. The writing team is beginning to frame the final document, which will be completed before our June 15 Steering Committee meeting. Please see the future directions website for more detailed information: http://www.fgdc.gov/FutureDirections/

GITA Activities - Bob Samborski, GITA

Bob Samborski, Executive Director of Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) reported on a study mission to Tokyo's Road Administration Information Center (ROADIC). The purpose of the trip was to see if Japan's successful critical infrastructure model to could translate into something that could be adopted in the US. ROADIC was created in Japan in 1986 in response to major gas explosions. The government of Japan recognized a need and took action, and today Japan has the fastest response time in the world and benefits from minimized disruptions, increased accident prevention and reduced planning and construction costs. The Japanese government paid a large portion of the expense in coordinating utilities and road construction. There are many differences between Japan's model and what would be needed in the US. Japan's model is driven by natural disaster response and the information is restricted to members, while the US focus would be on terrorist response with data sharing as a major issue. Unlike Japan, which uses a single database for this information, the US would need to focus on standards and interoperability. Japan has a bottom-up process versus a top-down model that would exist in the US. The incentive to convince US municipalities and utilities to participate would be return on investment. US issues would include liability, data sharing, and proprietary agreements that normally only allow one-on-one data sharing.

GITA is going forward with a pilot study of the critical infrastructure of Honolulu, HI to develop a framework for the sharing of emergency management, utilities, first responders, military and state and federal agency data.

Comment: It would be helpful if GITA could work with the utility industry to define the base level data needed for critical infrastructure geospatial data.

GITA would like be involved and wishes to have a more formal relationship with the FGDC.

For more information please see the attached PowerPoint presentation and ROADIC report that will be posted with the minutes on the FGDC website.

[PowerPoint 3.23MB]

Final Report [PDF 415KB]

RAMONA System - Bill Burgess, NSGIC

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is beginning a national assessment among all interested stakeholder groups. The Random Access Metadata Tool for Online National Assessments (RAMONA) will be a single inventory system that can be shared across federal, state and local governments and with the private sector. The RAMONA project will inventory data and policies that are not documented through the existing FGDC Metadata Standard and Clearinghouse system. This tool will encourage state and local agency participating in data and policy surveys.

If your organization would like to be included in the User Needs Assessment and Requirements Analysis, please contact Bill Burgess (William.burgess@comcast.net or 410-544-2005).

Next Coordination Group meeting:

May 4, 2003
Hosted by GSA
1800 F St. NW (visitor entrance is on F St)
Washington, DC
Room 5141

Metro: Farragut West and Foggy Bottom are equidistant from GSA.

Parking: There are two parking garages nearby, one on either side of 18th Street, immediately north of F Street. Parking is usually very tight. Meter parking has two hour limit.