The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) will begin accepting proposals for the 2001 National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP). The CAP program provides seed funds to the GIS community to build the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) for the effective discovery, sharing, managing, and utilization of digital geographic data.
The CAP will fund projects in four areas:
- Metadata Creation and Implementation Projects: provides assistance to organizations in acquiring knowledge of metadata documentation and
assistance for creating metadata for service over the Internet. Metadata is a basic first step in implementing the NSDI.
- Metadata Trainer Assistance Projects: funds trainers to train
organizations in metadata implementation.
- Clearinghouse Integration with OpenGIS Services: funds projects to extend existing clearinghouse nodes with OpenGIS Consortium (OGC) compliant web mapping service capabilities and related standards-based services in a consistent way.
- Joint Canadian/US Spatial Data Infrastructure Project: funds Canadian and U.S. organizations who are collaborating in order to share, create and maintain geospatial data over a common geography. The open period for submission of proposals closes March 15, 2002.