Geospatial Platform News Release

The Geospatial Platform Takes Shape

Posted 03/14/2011

The Geospatial Platform's Technical Deployment Task Team (TDTT) is currently working towards launching live data and services on the Geospatial Platform. Assembled December 2010, the TDTT is comprised of representatives nominated by FGDC partner Platform Takes Shapeagencies and the Geospatial Platform Core Team. The purpose of the TDTT is to recommend a path forward for implementation of Geospatial Platform common services and shared infrastructure. The TDTT is leading the effort to deploy "mature" capabilities identified in the Modernization Roadmap for the Geospatial Platform that provide a useful service, can be built upon, and can be undertaken quickly.

One goal of the Geospatial Platform is to combine the best aspects of a variety of existing federal geographic data capabilities. The TDTT is currently evaluating existing Federal geospatial capabilities to determine their potential to meet the needs of the Geospatial Platform. Existing capabilities evaluated to date include:

* Geospatial Visualization Enterprise Service (GV-ES) (NGA)

* Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) (NOAA)

* GOS/Data.gov

* Enterprise Repository and Registry (ER2)

* (IC) Open Source Spatial Web Portal (NASA)

* ESRI Geoportal Server

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it provides a sample of the capabilities being evaluated by the TDTT.

After completing its evaluations of existing capabilities, the TDTT will generate a Technical Deployment...

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Geospatial Platform Featured at Esri User Conferences

Posted 03/14/2011

The Geospatial Platform was recently featured at the ESRI Federal User ConferenceFedUC

(January 19-21, 2011 - Washington, D.C.)

Descriptions of the presentations are shown below. Proceedings from the conference will be released soon. Check back regularly for updates and to access the presentations.

Session 1 : Introduction to the Geospatial Platform

Thursday, January 20, 2011 (9:00 am -10:15 am)

Attend this introductory session to learn about the vision, goals, and objectives of the Geospatial Platform and what it means to you and your organization. This session will provide attendees with an overview that introduces and describes envisioned Geospatial Platform offerings, as well as how the resources will be packaged, how the platform will be managed, and stakeholder outreach efforts to date. Participants will be able to engage directly with Geospatial Platform Leaders and will find out how to become and stay involved in this landmark effort. Help shape the future of this interagency effort by attending this introductory session and remaining involved as the Geospatial Platform matures.

Session 2: The Geospatial Platform Offering - Defining the Requirements

Thursday, January 20, 2011 (10:45 am - 12:00 pm)

The Geospatial Platform ‘Offering’ will provide users with a shared, cloud-based infrastructure composed of key geospatial services and applications that support common business functions. Geospatial services that can be built once and used many times will be identified and delivered through a geospatial cloud environment, appearing as single points of access for consumers' common...

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NSGIC Comments on Geospatial Platform Roadmap

Posted 03/14/2011

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) recently submitted feedback on the Geospatial Platform via IdeaScale. The Council submitted additional comments directly to the Federal Geographic Data Commission in a PDF document.

NSGIC recommends that the Platform build upon the successes of the following federal geospatial programs:NSGIC

NSGIC also suggests strategies for business planning, managing funds, and building partnerships with the private sector and Open GIS. After NSGIC published an article summarizing their comments, there was a surge of activity on IdeaScale. Visit IdeaScale today to join the discussion and submit your own feedback. If you are interested in getting involved with NSGIC, please visit NSGIC's Calendar of Events for information on public meetings.

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Geoenabling Federal Business Processes

Posted 03/14/2011

This article was originally published in the Summer 2010 issue of Esri's Federal GIS Connections newsletter. MyEnvironment

Citizens want to know about the quality of the air and water in their communities, what types of toxins they may be exposed to, and what adverse environmental factors may be present near homes they are considering purchasing. While the answers to these questions would The MyEnvironment application developed by the EPA links directly to relevant data sources and present the information in several formats, such as maps, reports, and charts. seem to require extensive research across numerous sources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses geospatial technology to deliver this information through a single, easyto- use online interface called MyEnvironment. This application provides location-specific maps, reports, and charts on environmental conditions from numerous federal, state, local, and private sources.

MyEnvironment is just one of many examples of federal organizations geospatially enabling their business operations to better accomplish mission goals. Geoenabled innovations throughout the federal government have helped agencies streamline mission-critical functions, saving resources and improving results while empowering individuals to learn about issues facing their communities. Federal geospatial applications and crossagency initiatives such as the Geospatial Line of Business (LOB) leverage geographic information system (GIS) technology to reduce the cost of government programs; inform decision making; and, at the same time, improve services to citizens. The Geospatial Line of Business' Geo-Enabled Business Work Group brings together federal agency representatives who volunteer their...

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NOAA's Digital Coast Supports Decision-Making

Posted 03/14/2011

As the Geospatial Platform matures, it will build upon existing Federal partnerships. The Digital Coast, a collaboration spearheaded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is one of the most successful interagency partnerships to date.Digital Coast

Launched in 2008, the Digital Coast is used to address timely coastal issues, including land use, coastal conservation, hazards, marine spatial planning, and climate change. One of the goals behind the creation of the Digital Coast was to unify groups that might not otherwise work together. This partnership network is building a strong collaboration of coastal professionals intent on addressing coastal resource management needs.

The tools offered by the Digital Coast support coastal decision-making by transforming Digital Coast data into information tailored for specific issues. Some tools are Web-based, providing direct online analysis and viewing, while others are downloadable extensions that provide new functionality for desktop geographic information systems.

The Digital Coast effort is led by the NOAA Coastal Services Center. Partners include the American Planning Association, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Coastal States Organization, National Association of Counties, National States Geographic Information Council, and The Nature Conservancy. The Digital Coast Partnership is supported by the...

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