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 info content material is important to the state and to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS based its heart of Excellence for Geospatial details technological know-how (CEGIS) in 2006 to advance and distribute nationwide geospatial facts resources in a fast-moving info know-how atmosphere. for you to satisfy this undertaking, the USGS requested the nationwide study Council to evaluate present GIScience functions on the USGS, determine present and destiny wishes for GIScience features, suggest options for strengthening those services and for taking part with others to maximise examine productiveness, and make innovations concerning the top-rated examine components for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary specialize in enhancing the functions of The nationwide Map, the document recommends 3 precedence learn parts for CEGIS: details entry and dissemination, info integration, and knowledge types, and extra identifies study issues inside of those parts that CEGIS should still pursue. to handle those learn issues, CEGIS wishes a sustainable learn administration technique that includes a portfolio of collaborative learn that balances brief and long-term ambitions.
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End users can search, request, and download the data they need. In addition, the National Atlas server provides mapping functions for the end users through the National Atlas viewers. USGS Needs for GIScience Capabilities 31 3. Data Use. At the data use level, users create end products of The National Map, including paper maps or graphic maps displayed on a computer screen or embedded in a program. 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.
6 Given the general ways in which requirements for The National Map have been expressed to date, the committee explored additional ways of exposing drivers for prioritization of CEGIS’s research. One such approach is to consider what differentiates (or could differentiate) The National Map from the many other geospatial resources now available. Unique Features of The National Map The National Map resides in an environment with a large number of other electronic mapping products and services from government agencies, academia, and private industry.
Htm) and provides a “print” function to create a page-size hardcopy. For those developing their own viewer or other applications, the USGS offers an application programming interface (API) and related web service through which users can use the catalog to access inventoried services. Metadata entries in the catalog are “harvested” into Geospatial One-Stop and so can be discovered through that portal. For those interested 32 A Research Agenda for GIScience at the USGS in retrieving copies of data, especially those in national coverages, USGS offers interactive and preprocessed methods to select and retrieve data through the web or on media.
A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the United States Geological Survey 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