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.

 

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There are numerous benefits of standards.

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Standards Policies

 

Standards Under review

  • FGDC collaborating partner the Open Geospatial Consortium is requesting comment on the OGC Abstract Specification Topic for Discrete Global Grid Systems (DGGS).  The comment period closes on April 7, 2017.  See http://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/2553 for more information, including how to submit 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. 

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