By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Mapping Science Committee, Committee on Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science
Entire and authoritative baseline geospatial information content material is important to the state and to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS based its middle of Excellence for Geospatial details technological know-how (CEGIS) in 2006 to enhance and distribute nationwide geospatial info resources in a fast-moving details know-how setting. as a way to satisfy this project, the USGS requested the nationwide study Council to evaluate present GIScience services on the USGS, establish present and destiny wishes for GIScience services, suggest innovations for strengthening those services and for participating with others to maximise examine productiveness, and make suggestions concerning the most advantageous study components for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary concentrate on bettering the features of The nationwide Map, the record recommends 3 precedence study parts for CEGIS: details entry and dissemination, facts integration, and information types, and additional identifies study subject matters inside those parts that CEGIS should still pursue. to handle those examine issues, CEGIS wishes a sustainable learn administration strategy that contains a portfolio of collaborative study that balances brief and long-term objectives.
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These objectives will necessitate enhancements to current databases, platforms, and tools—in particular, advances in scale handling, temporal analysis, real-time access to data, standards, and multidisciplinary analysis. Requirements for the first three are captured in the vision of the ecosystem direction that “comprehensive, multi-scaled, online digital maps of the Nation’s ecosystems and their physical and biological components are routinely used for management, education, and portrayal of change over time.
In particular, the emergence of Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth has captured the interest of the public as well as professional users. To develop a clear understanding of the added value and niche of The National Map, the committee considered this crowded environment and focused on what differentiates (or could differentiate) The National Map from other electronic map services. Although the government does not compete with other entities in a classic business sense, it has a responsibility to provide value from its investments and to serve its customers with the highest-quality products designed precisely to meet their needs.
Also in an interview for this study, Karen Siderelis, Associate Director for Geospatial Information at the USGS, said that NGPO must get The National Map right as its first priority (Karen Siderelis, USGS, personal communication, 2006). An effective National Map is the most critical success factor to CEGIS and the NGPO. If The National Map is to be the primary source of USGS geospatial products to customers outside of the USGS, then ultimately focusing on the research needs of The National Map will address the needs of these external users.