Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in U.S.A. has recently announced that the Pennsylvania Aerial Mapping Project (PAMAP) will capture aerial photography for 28 of the state’s counties in 2005 as part of the effort to create a seamless digital base map of the state. Thirteen counties in the state have been mapped in this way over the past two years.
Once completed, the statewide map will be the one base map used by every entity in the state and at the federal level, and the data will be contributed to the National Map being created of the entire US in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The PAMAP aerial photography will be provided free to all counties and will be available to all governments, first responders and the public online. The first complete PAMAP aerial photography update of the entire state is expected to be completed by the end of 2006. Once completed, the goal is to have about a third of the state updated each year as part of an ongoing PAMAP maintenance program.