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House Oversight Hearing Announced: “Federal Geospatial Data Management”

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, led by Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), will hold an oversight hearing on “Federal Geospatial Data Management.”

This hearing will be directly followed by a legislative hearing on the following bill:

  • H.R. 2489 (Herseth Sandlin): To authorize a comprehensive national cooperative geospatial imagery mapping program through the United States Geological Survey, to promote use of the program for education, workforce training and development, and applied research, and to support Federal, State, tribal, and local government programs. “AmericaView Geospatial Imagery Mapping Program Act.”

House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Oversight Hearing on “Federal Geospatial Data Management” and Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2489

Thursday, July 23, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building


Oversight Hearing Witnesses

Ms. Karen C. Siderelis
Geospatial Information Officer
U.S. Department of the Interior

Mr. Michael Byrne
Geospatial Information Officer
State of California

Mr. John Palatiello
Executive Director
Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors

Ms. Susan Marlow
Chief Executive Officer
Smart Data Strategies, Inc.

Legislative Hearing Witnesses

Ms. Suzette M. Kimball
Acting Director
U.S. Geological Survey

Ms. Rebecca L. Dodge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, the Department of Geosciences
Midwestern State University

Ms. Mary O’Neill
Manager, Office of Remote Sensing
South Dakota View Principal Investigator
South Dakota State University

Dr. Sam Batzli
WisconsinView Director
Geospatial Information Scientist, the Space Science & Engineering Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The hearing will be webcast live and archived on the Committee’s Web site at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/.

AmericaView Authorization H.R. 6970 Released


The AmericaView Authorization Act (H.R. 6970) was introduced by Rep. Ralph Regula [R-OH]. Co-sponsors include: Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI], Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin [D-SD], Rep. James Moran [D-VA], Rep. Michael Rogers [R-AL], and Rep. Betty Sutton [D-OH].

The purpose of H.R. 6970 is “to authorize a comprehensive program of nationwide access to Federal remote sensing data, to promote its use for education, workforce training and development, applied research, and to support Federal, State, tribal, and local government programs.” According to Dr. Sam Batzli, Director of WisconsinView, H.R. 6970 is “an authorization bill that, if passed, would go a long way towards stabilizing the AmericaView consortium (and WisconsinView).  It does not appropriate any money, but rather creates the official program to which money can be appropriated some day (SIAC Listserve, September 19, 2008).” H.R. 6970 has been referred to the House Committe on Natural Resources.

For a nice article on WisconsinView and its benefits, visit the Wisconsin Mapping Bulletin: WisconsinView Mapkes Hi-Res Imagery Available for Free (October 1, 2008).

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