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US Senate introduces Geospatial Data Reform Act 2015

S.740
Latest Title: Geospatial Data Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 3/16/2015)      Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
    SEC. 3. FEDERAL GEOGRAPHIC DATA COMMITTEE.
    SEC. 4. NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
    SEC. 5. NATIONAL SPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURE.
    SEC. 6. NGDA DATA THEMES.
    SEC. 7. GEOSPATIAL DATA STANDARDS.
    SEC. 8. GEOPLATFORM.
    SEC. 9. COVERED AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES.
    SEC. 10. LIMITATION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s740is/pdf/BILLS-114s740is.pdf

Also see the congressional record (search for word “geospatial”):
https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2015/03/19/senate-section/article/S1638-3

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Please Take OGC’s Survey on Value of Standards for Interoperability and Data Sharing

by Steven Ramage, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), November 1, 2011

*** Win an Apple iPad 2 Tablet, an Apple iPod touch or Bose AE2 headphones! ***

The underlying goal of geodata policy is fluid information exchange among organizations, and key objectives to reaching that goal include agreements and best practices involving technical standards and best practices. To learn more about how technology users and providers are deriving value from open standards, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is conducting a survey.

We cordially invite you to participate in a survey about the value of standards for interoperability and data sharing.

The survey is a joint effort by two academic researchers who are OGC members, and by the OGC Business Value Committee. Dr. Mu Xia at Santa Clara University and Dr. Kexin Zhao at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte developed the survey based on requirements from the OGC Business Value Committee to support their studies on standards effectiveness. The OGC Business Value Committee will use a summary of the results to better understand the value of the OGC’s open standards and improve its programs for geospatial standards development, compliance testing and outreach.

We encourage everyone involved with geospatial or location data, software and services to complete the survey. OGC membership is not a requirement, and you can participate even if the software you use or provide does not implement OGC standards.

The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Individual responses will be seen only by the researchers and the chairs of the Business Value Committee. The researchers will summarize the data gathered from the survey, removing all references to individual responses, and make the summary available to OGC Business Value Committee members. An executive summary will be provided to survey respondents.

To take the survey, if you are a technology user, visit http://uncc.surveyshare.com/s/AQAIJDC. If you are a technology provider (a vendor or a system integrator or a consultant), visit http://uncc.surveyshare.com/s/AQAIZBC. If you are not sure which version to use, contact us.

The survey period is 1st November through 18th December 2011.  Prizes will be awarded at random to three individuals who complete the survey. The first person whose name is drawn after the survey has closed will receive an iPad 2 (16GB, WiFi), the second will receive an iPod Touch (8GB, 4th Generation) and the third will receive a set of Bose AE2 headphones.

Thanks for your support!

Steven Ramage, on behalf of the members of the OGC Business Value Committee

http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/businessvalue

US Dept of Labor Announces Geospatial Technology Competency Model

US Department of Labor announces release of Geospatial Technology Competency Model

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today announced the release of an industry competency model for geospatial technology. There are now 16 models available on the Competency Model Clearinghouse available through the department’s One-Stop Career Centers website. The Geospatial Technology Competency Model has been developed by researching and analyzing publicly available resources, existing skill standards, competency-based curricula and certifications to provide an employer-driven framework of the skills needed for success in geospatial technology.

“Competency models offer workers an opportunity to learn what it takes to enter a particular field,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The geospatial model serves as a guide for those who want to both find a good job and map out a long-term career pathway in any of several geospatial technology fields including surveying and mapping, computer science and information science.”

The model will serve as a resource for career guidance, curriculum development and evaluation, career pathway development, recruitment and hiring, continuing professional development, certification and assessment development, apprenticeship program development and outreach efforts to promote geospatial technology careers.

ETA worked with employer and education partners for two years to develop and validate a model that represents the broad range of services, technical and manufacturing professions, and products within the fields of geography, surveying and mapping, computer science, information science and other specialized areas of application that comprise geospatial technology. The GeoTech Center, a government, academia and industry partnership funded, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation and based at Del Mar College, led the validation process.

The model builds on previous efforts to describe geospatial industry skill needs, including the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed at the University of Southern Mississippi. The new model groups competencies into foundational competencies, core geospatial competencies and competencies for three geospatial sectors: positioning and data acquisition, analysis and modeling, and software and application development.

To access the new competency model, visit the Competency Model Clearinghouse at http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/.

For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs visit http://www.doleta.gov.

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