September 24, 2002 – The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) has announced the U.S. Census Bureau will sponsor the second phase of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative, CIPI-2.
Census will use the OGC’s rapid-prototyping process to develop two prototype systems: an online system to update governmental unit boundary information for existing incorporated places, and an OGC conformant server solution for Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) data. The online editing system will be the first step to moving a currently manual system on the Web. The standards based server will allow Census’ data to be used in conjunction with other local, state, and federal data and mapping services, including GeoSpatial One-Stop, a federal e-government initiative, the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) as a resource
For infrastructure protection, and other efforts. The Request for Quotations (RFQ) for this initiative will be available on Friday, September 27.
The prototype editing system, called “WebBAS,” will allow Web-based update of geospatial features by state, county, local, municipal and/or tribal governments as a partial replacement for the current paper-based Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS). The BAS is currently a paper-based survey that consists of map sheets, 12 forms, 8 letters, 2 postcards, and 12 inserts.
The Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau, as part of the MAF/TIGER enhancements program, aims to improve the spatial coordinate accuracy of TIGER, expand the number of participants in the BAS, improve the response rate, reduce cost, and make additional update options available to local governments.