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Federal bodies seeking ways to lower data storage cost

US: The General Services Administration (GSA), US, is working with several federal agencies to provide a common, cloud-based infrastructure where agencies can access geospatial data, in an effort to lower storage costs and reduce duplication, GCN reported.

The GSA recently entered into an agreement with the US Agriculture and Interior Departments as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move geospatial data from the geodata.gov portal into data.gov, said David McClure, associate administrator with GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

“The reason for that is we can be a common infrastructure provider of the data rather than it being duplicated and stored in many places around the government,” he said. “Everybody has been looking for a common landing zone for geospatial data,” McClure said.

Geodata.gov was designed to provide one-stop Web access to geospatial information under the Geospatial One-Stop project, an e-government initiative managed by the US Geological Service. However since data.gov has been migrated to a cloud computing platform, there is sufficient capacity to provide provisioning services and flexibility to expand the platform if needed, McClure said.

Moving geospatial data to data.gov is also causing GSA to rethink whether to issue a blanket purchase agreement with vendors to provide geospatial information as a cloud service, as it as done for infrastructure-as-a-service and e-mail.

Source: GCN