The purpose of the Cultural Resources Subcommittee is to identify, prioritize, implement, coordinate, and oversee the strategies and tasks required to support the national cultural resource geospatial data theme and to coordinate these activities across Federal, State, Tribal, local, and private sector geospatial programs to that end. Learn more

Because each State/Tribal historic preservation office, certified local government, and Federal agency operates independently to collect, maintain, and utilize their portion of the repository of over four million cultural resources nationwide, coordination in data standards is a key aspect for the utility of the data, required for Federal regulatory needs, disaster response, and preparedness, as well as for climate change studies. The subcommittee provides the framework for developing cultural resource data standards to facilitate data sharing, in addition to fostering coordination of data collection efforts among stakeholders. Subcommittee members include 20 Federal agencies as well as 10 State and 10 Tribal participants.The Cultural Resources Subcommittee Charter has more information about the organization of the subcommittee and its activities.

Recent accomplishments

FY 2015 Accomplishments

The subcommittee’s accomplishments for 2015 include the following:

  • Developed and approved a statement of goals and definition of the purpose of the subcommittee in July 2015.
  • Continued development of an initial working draft of the proposed cultural resource data transfer standard throughout 2015. Partnered with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers to survey States and Tribes to provide feedback and make suggestions on the format and elements to incorporate into the standard in February 2015. Responses to the survey incorporated into the development of a final set of feature-level metadata fields to be used in the proposed cultural resource spatial data transfer standard in July 2015.
  • Supported the implementation of the NGDA Management Plan by reviewing and approving the template for the NGDA Theme Strategic Plans in May 2015. Reviewed and approved the process for the addition, change, or removal of NGDA Datasets from a Theme, and ensured that the Cultural Resource Theme NGDAs were registered in the and catalog.

Activity Reports

The Cultural Resources Subcommittee provides progress reports to the FGDC Coordination Group. These reports contain the most current updates on the activities of the subcommittee.

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