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Report card on the US NSDI released

US, February 10, 2015: The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) has released a report card of the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) which depicts the condition and performance of the US’ geospatial infrastructure that includes surveyed, mapped and remotely-sensed information.

The expert panel of COGO concluded that the NSDI framework requires attention, and needs to be reaffirmed. The panel also found that a new model for framework data needs to be adopted, and this new model must acknowledge the importance of local partners. In addition, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) needs to emphasise that the framework is part of its strategic plan, and that it will work in collaboration with non-federal and non-governmental partners to build an effective NSDI Framework.

Michael Vanhook, COGO Chairman, stated “Federal agencies have worked for many years to improve their geospatial programs, but the COGO member organisations believe that the national data sets and delivery systems generally need improvement. It is time for the Federal government to more effectively engage the entire stakeholder community to ensure that America has the highest quality geospatial infrastructure. Doing so will allow us to more efficiently and effectively deal with society’s needs, and to reduce duplication of effort.”

The effort is loosely patterned after the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. COGO initiated this effort in 2009 by securing the commitment of the expert panel members who worked on a volunteer basis to produce this report.

Source: COGO