A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Mapping Science Committee, Committee on Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science

Finished and authoritative baseline geospatial facts content material is important to the kingdom and to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS based its middle of Excellence for Geospatial info technological know-how (CEGIS) in 2006 to enhance and distribute nationwide geospatial info resources in a fast-moving details expertise setting. that allows you to satisfy this undertaking, the USGS requested the nationwide examine Council to evaluate present GIScience functions on the USGS, establish present and destiny wishes for GIScience features, suggest ideas for strengthening those services and for participating with others to maximise study productiveness, and make concepts concerning the most efficient learn parts for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary specialize in bettering the functions of The nationwide Map, the file recommends 3 precedence learn parts for CEGIS: details entry and dissemination, facts integration, and knowledge types, and additional identifies learn issues inside of those parts that CEGIS may still pursue. to deal with those learn subject matters, CEGIS wishes a sustainable study administration strategy that includes a portfolio of collaborative examine that balances brief and long-term objectives.

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2 An Updated Vision for The National Map It is now 2015 and The National Map is one of the most visible products of the USGS–– within the agency, to other federal agencies, to state and local geospatial offices, to commercial industry, and to the public. Users and organizations build their systems and models on The National Map. Because it is the only national trusted source of high-quality and comprehensive geospatial data, most organizations mandate the use of The National Map for all geography-based activities.

Identify current and future USGS needs for GIScience capabilities. Assess current capabilities in GIScience research at the USGS and recommend strategies for strengthening these capabilities and for collaborating with others to maximize research productivity. Using knowledge of the current state of the art in GIScience, make recommendations regarding the most effective research areas for the CEGIS to pursue. , and once in Irvine, California—and numerous times by phone. The committee benefited from input from a range of experts (Appendix B) and drew from a broad range of documents listed in the references.

Federal leadership and commitment are needed to ensure that basic spatial data are available to support federal agencies in accomplishing their missions. As the nation’s civilian mapping agency, the USGS mission is to lead in the development and maintenance of this common set of basic spatial data. Requirements feature heavily in the initial phase of the USGS’s implementation plan for The National Map (USGS, 2003) (which was projected to end in FY 2005). This implementation plan proposes that requirements be collected by and fed through an advisory board.

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