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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

Accomplished and authoritative baseline geospatial info content material is important to the kingdom and to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS based its heart of Excellence for Geospatial info technological know-how (CEGIS) in 2006 to advance and distribute nationwide geospatial info resources in a fast-moving info expertise atmosphere. which will satisfy this challenge, the USGS requested the nationwide examine Council to evaluate present GIScience services on the USGS, determine present and destiny wishes for GIScience services, suggest ideas for strengthening those services and for taking part with others to maximise learn productiveness, and make suggestions concerning the ultimate study components for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary concentrate on bettering the functions of The nationwide Map, the document recommends 3 precedence learn components for CEGIS: info entry and dissemination, info integration, and knowledge types, and additional identifies study themes inside those parts that CEGIS may still pursue. to deal with those examine issues, CEGIS wishes a sustainable learn administration technique that includes a portfolio of collaborative learn that balances brief and long-term objectives.

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Because this figure was generated before the USGS map production functions moved to NGPO, it is at best a general indication of planned changes that are not yet complete. SOURCE: USGS, 2003. 2). An assessment of resources against the current mission shows an excess of staff engaged in data production and a shortfall of staff skilled in data integration—a function that will be important for assimilating data from other sources as the USGS moves out of internal production and into working with partners.

1 The current framework of The National Map. NOTE: API = application programming interfaces. EPA = Environmental Protection Agency; NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration; NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was beyond the scope of this committee to do a detailed analysis or critique of The National Map; however, based on testimony from invited experts (Appendix B), USGS science strategy documents and other published material, and informal testing by the committee, a general consensus about its current state was reached.

One such approach is to consider what differentiates (or could differentiate) The National Map from the many other geospatial resources now available. Unique Features of The National Map The National Map resides in an environment with a large number of other electronic mapping products and services from government agencies, academia, and private industry. In particular, the emergence of Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth has captured the interest of the public as well as professional users.

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