FGDC Discusses Geospatial Platform Initiative

FGDC Discusses NGAC Nomination Process, Geospatial Platform Initiative Status

By Adena Schutzberg , Directions Magazine
June 09, 2010

 The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) held a briefing on June 8th to discuss two topics: the process for adding new National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) members and the Geospatial Platform Initiative. … FGDC Executive Director Ivan DeLoatch ran the meeting, which began with an overview of the process for nomination and selection of new NGAC members. …The second topic, the Geospatial Platform Initiative, was lead by Tony Lavoi of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The impetus for this Initiative was this paragraph in the 2010 budget:

Geospatial Platform – In 2010 and 2011, Federal data managers for geospatial data will move to a portfolio management approach, creating a Geospatial Platform to support GeoOneStop, place-based initiatives, and other potential future programs. This transformation will be facilitated by improving the governance framework to address the requirements of State, local and tribal agencies, Administration policy, and agency mission objectives. Investments will be prioritized based on business needs. The Geospatial Platform will explore opportunities for increased collaboration with Data.gov, with an emphasis on reuse of architectural standards and technology, ultimately increasing access to geospatial data.

A reference to Lavoi’s name and affiliation confirmed that a newly found Gulf of Mexico mapping application called geoplatform.gov was, in fact, part of the Geospatial Platform Initiative. …

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