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Federal Geospatial Data Sharing


An EPA / DOI / USDA / NOAA Community of Practice around Federal Geospatial Data Sharing has been established to explore and document ways in which information is currently being shared across these enterprises, percieved barriers to data flows, with a goal to establish enhanced geospatial data sharing capabilities among the federal community in the future. Source: Kevin Kirby 

Decision Framework

As a proposed point of departure, the following Decision Framework is being developed to identify critical aspects for sharing geospatial information:

  • who the common stakeholders are
  • what the common data themes are, what data needs to be produced
  • when data needs to shared
  • where key datasets are to be posted
  • how these key datasets are to be formatted and accessed

Existing Use Cases

As an initial suggestion for further focus and possible presentation of existing use cases at the OEI Symposium, three data themes were identified around the following general broad themes:

  • Water
    - Recent advances in web service linkages between USGS' INWS and EPA's STORET
    - Collaborative efforts between EPA, and the USGS around the NWI, NDS / RAD, and NHD 
  • Fire
    - Coordination and webservice linkages between EPA' Air Quest, NWS Weather Data, and USGS / local fire data
  • Imagery
    - The ongoing efforts around the use and funding of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD )

Spepcific Content

Specific content uploaded to this site include profiles of the Geospatial segment activities within EPA, DOI, USGS and NOAAs NWS.  These are further described below.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • The EPA Geospatial Segment report to OMB, Feb. 2008,the geospatial services segment is a supporting cross-cutting architecture segment, providing central support to all other EPA mission and support operations. The EPA Geospatial Program owns and manages a core infrastructure of centralized data, tools, and services.
    • The EPA Geospatial EA Framework powerpoint presentation summerizes the key architectural components of the Geospatial segment, its relationship to the Federal BRM, and the current metadata framework for geospatial data asetts. 
  • Department of the Interior (DOI)
    • The DOI OCIO Directive titled Designation, Management and Enforcement of Authoritative Data Sources.  This directive supports stronger geospatial stewardship and accountability by establishing policy for officially designating, maintaining and using authoritative data sources (ADS); and maximizing re-use of a designated ADS in architecture and capital planning and investment control (CPIC) processes. Included in the Directive is an overview of the ADS designation and management method phases; a description of the core responsibilities of a designated ADS; as well as information pertaining to ADS governance and enforcement.
    • The Geospatial Modernization Blueprint for Transformation (GMBT) Communications and Change Management Plan - This plan was developed by DOI's Enterprise Geographic Information Management (EGIM) team as a product to support the implementation of the DOI geospatial segment architecture. The plan contains communications and change management objectives, includes situational and stakeholder analysis, and provides a methodology for improving the effectiveness of GMBT implementation outreach, communications, and change management activities. 

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • The USDA Geospatial Segment addresses the following architecture and business aspects:GeoSA Scope – Describes the geospatial functions and their variables that will be included within the scope of this analysis.
    • Primary Change Drivers – Describes baseline business information and emerging requirements on the Geospatial LoB characteristics in the various agency/staff offices and how these support agency mission accomplishment.
    • Current Systems Environments – Captures basic system and technical information related to Geospatial LoB within the agency/staff offices.
      • The USDA has conducted an in -depth analysis of the geospatial activities to identify opportunities for improvement, developed specific recommendations to leverage those opportunities, and express a vision for the target architecture. These activities shall provide visibility into the geospatial investments and capabilities within USDA supporting more effective use and management of that segment. The most important recommendation is to perform a comprehensive alternatives analysis to identify options for the most efficient, and effective technical target architecture.



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 2008_0824_DOI_Directive 2008020 Designation Management and Enforcement of Authoritative Data Sources.pdf
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 DOI_and_Geospatial_Overview.ppt Preview
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 EPA DOI USGS Geospatial Information Sharing mtg 10312008.doc Preview
Cross-Federal Geo data sharing mtg notes from oct 31 2008
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 EPA Geospatial Segment report to OMB_2008_FINAL.pdf
EPA Geo Segment Framework
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Notes from kickoff mtg 103108
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 GMBT Implementation Comms Plan Draft V5.pdf
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