Standards facilitate development, sharing, and use of geospatial data and services. The FGDC develops or adopts geospatial standards for implementing the NSDI, in consultation and cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments, the private sector and academic community, and, to the extent feasible, the international community.

Federal agencies that collect, use, or disseminate geographic information and/or carry out related spatial data activities shall use FGDC-endorsed standards both internally and through their activities involving partners, grants, and contracts.

Non-Federal agencies are encouraged to use FGDC-endorsed standards to facilitate data sharing.



There are numerous benefits of standards.


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Standards Policies


Standards Under Consideration

  • The United States Thoroughfare, Landmark and Postal Address Data Standard (Address Data Standard) is open for public review and comment. Comments are due to the FGDC Standards Coordinator by April 26.  The Federal Register notice has additional information, including guidance on how to prepare comments.
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The FGDC Standards WG works with other Federal standardization activities and external standards organizations to ensure the best possible technical foundation for data and web services, consistent with standards policies. 

News / Announcements

Use of standards update

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Standards white paper has been published on the FGDC web site.  This PDF document provides a brief history of the FGDC standards program and highlights over the years.  It contains a list of works cited, complete with URLs to access the documents.