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Two CRS reports on GIS

Thanks to Steven Aftergood at Secrecy News for these CRS reports:

  • Geospatial Information and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): An Overview for Congress, by Peter Folger, Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy, Congressional Research Service 7-5700, R41825 (May 18, 2011).

    Includes information on The Basics, Examples of Why and How Geospatial Information Is Used, and How Geospatial Data Is Managed at the Federal Level.

  • Issues and Challenges for Federal Geospatial Information, by Peter Folger, Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy, Congressional Research Service 7-5700, R41826 (May 18, 2011).

    Includes information on Issues with Organization and Management, Data Sharing, and Coordination; Recent Legislation; Non-Federal Stakeholders; and a section on “A National GIS?”.

Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center

Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center

A new Web site, the Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center, aims to help those responsible for producing and managing geospatial data learn about the latest approaches and tools available to facilitate long-term geospatial data preservation and access. The Web site provides descriptions and links for a variety of relevant resources, including education and training modules, useful tools and software, information on policies and standards for preserving geospatial data, and examples of successful preservation and associated benefits. This first release of the Web site, which CIESIN will be enhancing over the next year, was developed as an element of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) of the Library of Congress.

The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center is accessible at http://geopreservation.org/

CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, is a unit of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, based at the Lamont campus in Palisades, New York.

New ESRI site offers free mashups of LANDSAT data

Interior to offer new mashup capability for its extensive satellite data library, By Aliya Sternstein, NextGov (05/03/2011).

Interior Department contractor Esri, a map software developer, is expected Tuesday to launch a commercial tool that will enable programmers and non-techies alike to manipulate Interior’s library of Earth surface images and data captured by satellite over the past four decades, federal and company officials said.

On the new, free website, users can generate mashups showing, for example, how regional property values or Southern crop production have changed throughout the years.

The ESRI website is esri.com/landsat-imagery

All USGS Landsat data acquired since the program’s inception in 1972 also is available at no charge through the federal site Earth Explorer.

Google Map Maker links

The Scout Report has good links to CNET, Wired, and Wall Street Journal articles about Google’s Map Maker project, as well as links to the American Memory Project and the David Rumsey Map Collection:

  • With the release of Google Map Maker, users can contribute their own spatial knowledge, by Max Grinnell, The Scout Report (2011-04-22).

    In the previous millennium, those folks who wanted a high-quality map of their area might have had to go purchase or borrow an actual physical map. In recent years, online mapping tools and resources have sprouted like mushrooms after a hard rain. With all of that in mind, it is not so surprising that on Tuesday Google announced that it is allowing users to contribute changes to their very popular maps. This tool is called Google Map Maker…

Mapping the Response to BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Have questions about how the federal government is responding to the BP oil spill? This new web site seeks to provide answers.

The dynamic nature of the BP oil spill has been a challenge for a range of communities — from hotel operators to fishermen to local community leaders….

GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse is a new online tool that provides you with near-real time information about the response effort. Developed by NOAA with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Interior, the site offers you a “one-stop shop” for spill response information.

The site integrates the latest data the federal responders have about the oil spill’s trajectory with fishery area closures, wildlife data and place-based Gulf Coast resources — such as pinpointed locations of oiled shoreline and current positions of deployed research ships — into one customizable interactive map.

GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse employs the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) a web-based GIS platform developed by NOAA and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center.