URISA announces a summit to promote national data partnerships & collaboration

URISA announces a summit to promote national data partnerships & collaboration

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URISA has announced an important one-day summit designed to foster the development and assembling of the national geospatial datasets through partnerships and collaboration between governments at all levels, private sector, and non-profit organizations. The Summit will focus on five programs initiated by the Federal government as a unique opportunity for creation of a viable information base and infrastructure to support decision-making and action in both crisis and ordinary situations.

The following programs will be addressed:

· US Geological Survey’s The National Map
· Office of Management and Budget & FGDC’s Geospatial One-Stop
· US Census Bureau’s TIGER Enhancement
· National Imagery and Mapping Agency’s 133 Cities
· Federal Emergency Management Agency’s First Responders

Program Content: The Summit will feature representatives from the USGS, FGDC, NIMA, FEMA, US Census Bureau, local and state governments, and relevant associations and groups. After reviewing the ongoing programs, the panelists will engage in a dialogue among themselves and with other participants about the issues, opportunities, and implementation strategies that will lead to successful creation and assembling of the national datasets. Target Participants: Geospatial information professionals, managers, or administrators interested in learning about the ongoing Federal programs, and in envisioning and shaping the process and outcomes of their
implementation. The Summit Agenda, and registration information is available online at

Endorsement: the National Association of Counties (NACo), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) have endorsed This Summit. The Summit evolved out of URISA’s National Geographic Information 3C (Cooperation, Coordination, Collaboration) Task Force and will serve to:

· Increase awareness and understanding of the scope and objectives of various Federal programs and expectations from other government levels
· Identify and prioritize relevant organizational and institutional issues
· Affirm the need for commitment to 3C (3C = Cooperation, Coordination, Collaboration) and a coherent/unified path of action among Federal agencies
· Encourage development of implementation plans for the Federal programs to include local, regional, state, and other parties as equal partners
· Demonstrate a common ground between state and local government and other
organizations
· Raise the level of political sophistication for locals in dealing with Federal agencies in terms of understanding their environment and drives
· Point to effective forms of partnering and collaboration that can bring mutual benefits to the involved parties but also result in a comprehensive and unified national information base
· Foster communication about a variety of perspectives, issues, opportunities, and solutions/ideas