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MAPPS Promotes “Map It Once, Use It Many Times” Act

At the prompting of MAPPS, Rep Doug Lamborn (Co-5) introduced HR 4233, Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 21, 2012. This bill was referred to several congressional committees. The following summary was written by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress, which serves Congress.

Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act – Establishes the National Geospatial Technology Administration in the Department of the Interior. Directs the Administrator of the National Geospatial Technology Administration to: (1) establish a National Geospatial Database of all U.S. owned or managed lands (including public lands), Indian trust parcels, and non-federal lands in each state; and (2) determine whether any U.S. owned or managed property may be better managed through ownership by a non-federal entity. Requires the Administrator to implement the recommendations of the National Geospatial Data Plan developed by the National Geospatial Policy Commission established by this Act. Requires the Administrator to promulgate standards for ensuring the interoperability of geospatial data collected by or with the support of the federal government. Transfers to the Administrator all geospatial functions vested by law in the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) with respect to the National Forest System, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Read More…

Agriculture pulls all GIS maps into a single portal – Nextgov

By Joseph Marks, Nextgov, August 17, 2011

A new Web portal being put together by the Agriculture Department aims to reduce duplication in the agency’s mapping work and make high-quality maps more accessible to the public.More than half the department’s 29 divisions are involved in geospatial work, Geospatial Information Officer Stephen Lowe said, either mashing satellite and aerial imagery with survey data or on-the-ground research about crop yields, ground chemicals or farm subsidies, or using other divisions’ maps in their own research and programs.USDA-produced maps and images generally are available to the public for free or for a nominal fee, and frequently crop up in paid data services and even in Google Maps, he said. …

via Agriculture pulls all GIS maps into a single portal – Nextgov.

New Court Ruling: USDA’s GIS Data Need Not Be Disclosed

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Recent court ruling finds that USDA GIS data need not be disclosed via a FOIA request because of the 2008 Farm Bill provision. The court’s opinion will have implications specifically for Nebraska’s 23 natural resources districts, primarily for water management purposes.

Central Platte Natural Resources District (Appellant) v. United States Department of Agriculture; Farm Service Agency (Appellees) Central Platte Natural Resources District (Central Platte) sought disclosure of geospatial data from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency (collectively the USDA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq. The district court dismissed Central Platte’s APA claim on the ground that it already had an adequate remedy and granted summary judgment on its FOIA claim on the ground that the USDA was not required to disclose the requested geospatial data. … For the full Judicial View article, click here.

For text of the court’s opinion, visit: United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, Case No. 10-3205. Thank you to the GSDI listserv for the heads up!

Access to USDA Geospatial Data Still Contested

Central Platte NRD appeals dismissal of lawsuit

Source: TIMBERLY ROSS, Associated Press Writer, Greenwhichtime.com, 12:58 p.m., Saturday, October 16, 2010


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Central Platte Natural Resources District has appealed the dismissal of its federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over access to information. The Central Platte Natural Resources District has spent five years trying to gain access to the geographic information system data kept by the USDA‘s Farm Service Agency. Better known as GIS data, the information is used to map and track things like irrigation practices and cropland. It can also be used to help guide district decisions. But the district has received only “evasive responses, feigned cooperation, shifting legal interpretations and flagrant stonewalling” from federal officials, according to the lawsuit filed in September 2009 in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. The lawsuit was dismissed in September. An appeal was filed earlier this month with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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