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 information content material is important to the country and to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS based its heart of Excellence for Geospatial details technological know-how (CEGIS) in 2006 to improve and distribute nationwide geospatial information resources in a fast-moving info expertise atmosphere. to be able to satisfy this undertaking, the USGS requested the nationwide study Council to evaluate present GIScience features on the USGS, determine present and destiny wishes for GIScience features, suggest concepts for strengthening those features and for participating with others to maximise learn productiveness, and make concepts concerning the preferable study parts for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary concentrate on enhancing the functions of The nationwide Map, the file recommends 3 precedence learn components for CEGIS: info entry and dissemination, facts integration, and information versions, and extra identifies study themes inside those parts that CEGIS should still pursue. to deal with those study subject matters, CEGIS wishes a sustainable learn administration approach that consists of a portfolio of collaborative study that balances brief and long-term ambitions.
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Additional info for A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the United States Geological Survey
Yet the integration of diverse data sets is still a great challenge, as discussed in the next section. Challenges Although the USGS has a unique set of databases and disciplines, there is substantial work ahead because, as discussed in the health direction, “the many data sources are scattered across the USGS and not easily available to most users. If [catalogued,] this array of environmental data and information could provide our partners and customers with unified spatially and temporally referenced sources of information.
2 However, the current National Map does not deliver fully on the concept of the traditional topographic map nor has it fully embraced a broader concept of topographic information representation and delivery in other than map form. Despite the impressive data access and manipulation features of The National Map, the topographic map “brand” has been diluted. Also, because paper maps are still favored by many users (particularly in the emergency management community), USGS will have to consider bringing its branded product back into play in The National Map.
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. On a USGS web page dated March 20054 that describes the needs for The National Map, this entity is mentioned in the future tense.
A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the United States Geological Survey 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