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
Complete and authoritative baseline geospatial facts content material is essential to the kingdom and to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS based its heart of Excellence for Geospatial info technology (CEGIS) in 2006 to strengthen and distribute nationwide geospatial facts resources in a fast-moving info expertise atmosphere. to be able to satisfy this undertaking, the USGS requested the nationwide learn Council to evaluate present GIScience features on the USGS, establish present and destiny wishes for GIScience services, suggest thoughts for strengthening those services and for participating with others to maximise study productiveness, and make ideas concerning the prime study components for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary concentrate on enhancing the services of The nationwide Map, the document recommends 3 precedence study components for CEGIS: info entry and dissemination, info integration, and knowledge versions, and additional identifies examine subject matters inside those components that CEGIS should still pursue. to deal with those examine subject matters, CEGIS wishes a sustainable examine administration technique that consists of a portfolio of collaborative learn that balances brief and long-term objectives.
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Two major groups of users are USGS scientists in the various disciplines and the general public. Scientists can download data from Geospatial One-Stop or directly from The National Map databases for their domain-specific research or spatial analysis. These applications will create new GIS data sets with added value. These new data sets are added back to the Geospatial One-Stop Portal or The National Map web server for future applications or use. Public users generate maps for activities such as hiking, school projects, and map reading.
1 The current framework of The National Map. NOTE: API = application programming interfaces. EPA = Environmental Protection Agency; NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration; NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was beyond the scope of this committee to do a detailed analysis or critique of The National Map; however, based on testimony from invited experts (Appendix B), USGS science strategy documents and other published material, and informal testing by the committee, a general consensus about its current state was reached.
28 A Research Agenda for GIScience at the USGS NATIONAL MAPPING GISCIENCE RESEARCH NEEDS The list of potential topics in a CEGIS research agenda is daunting. An allencompassing list would have to address the needs of the NGPO, the USGS disciplines, other federal agencies, state and local agencies, and the public (commercial firms and private citizens). , 2006). In light of CEGIS’s lean start with two full-time researchers and a director there is no doubt that the center needs to prioritize among all these demands.