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A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

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 heart of Excellence for Geospatial info technology (CEGIS) in 2006 to boost and distribute nationwide geospatial info resources in a fast-moving info expertise setting. so that it will satisfy this challenge, the USGS requested the nationwide learn Council to evaluate present GIScience services on the USGS, determine present and destiny wishes for GIScience features, suggest innovations for strengthening those functions and for participating with others to maximise examine productiveness, and make options concerning the premier examine components for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary specialise in enhancing the functions of The nationwide Map, the record recommends 3 precedence study components for CEGIS: info entry and dissemination, facts integration, and information versions, and additional identifies learn subject matters inside of those components that CEGIS should still pursue. to deal with those learn subject matters, CEGIS wishes a sustainable study administration technique that comprises a portfolio of collaborative study that balances brief and long-term pursuits.

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The second component of the CEGIS budget is an FY 2007 call for proposals, which resulted in approximately $1 million being awarded to seven interdisciplinary projects that involve people across USGS in collaboration with non-USGS partners. CEGIS’s research portfolio is thus a mix of (1) preexisting GISciencerelated projects already funded within USGS and placed under the management of CEGIS when it was formed in 2006 and (2) the seven new projects funded under the FY 2007 call for proposals. FOCUS OF THIS REPORT Recognizing the need to develop a set of research goals and priorities for CEGIS that will best meet its needs for future capabilities in GIScience, the USGS approached the NRC through its Mapping Science Committee (MSC) and asked the MSC to form a committee to develop these research goals and priorities (Appendix A).

NGPO has an opportunity to define the personality and structure behind The National Map. With thoughtful but clear choices, this definition will establish a nationally recognized geospatial resource. After initial decisions to position The National Map, it will undoubtedly evolve, perhaps into different configurations and with specific access tools for varying constituencies. This is a benefit of an electronic product and will need to be exploited. 2). The committee’s vision is a means of highlighting what could be the priority areas for CEGIS research, since 38 A Research Agenda for GIScience at the USGS it will need to support a version of The National Map that reflects today’s capabilities and their evolution.

In the committee chair’s meeting with Karen Siderelis, Steve Guptill, and Anne Frondorf, they confirmed that supporting The National Map is of highest priority and that there were critical research needs for accomplishing that objective. The USGS urged the committee not to constrain the scope of research based on current CEGIS resources and to think in terms of the next decade of research. , 2005, and responses to the FY 2007 call for proposals, for example) would readily exceed even the most optimistic expectations of resource availability for CEGIS.

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