Consensus Report

National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Programs: Rethinking the Focus (2001)

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Key Messages

  • A partnership model was built on the foundation of shared responsibilities, shared cost, shared benefit, and shared control.
  • Baltimore City Police Department. Conducted in partnership with the Department of Justice, this project is exploring ways to use maps and other products of geospatial information technologies to reduce crime, and the fear of crime, in Baltimore neighborhoods.
  • Dane County, Wisconsin. The project aims to address inequities in the accessibility of geospatial information through a series of workshops for professionals and the general public.
  • Future partnership programs sponsored by the federal government should be required to provide convincing evidence that adoption of the NSDI�s concepts and design results in reductions in redundancy and cost, and increased accuracy.
  • Gallatin County, Montana. This project aims to engage the community in evaluating options for growth in the county, which is being impacted by urban sprawl. The county contains part of the Greater Yellowstone area, with its high environmental sensitivity. This project is exploring and evaluating ways of presenting geographic information and planning options through community meetings, the media, and other mechanisms.
  • Geospatial data are a collective resource, produced and used by many different groups, agencies, and individuals. In this context, the NSDI represents a mechanism for the more effective production, management, and use of geospatial data.
  • It is difficult to determine whether the larger FDPP grants have been more effective than the smaller CAP grants, although it is apparent that the relatively small size of CAP awards and their short duration has created some problems of continuity.
  • One of the significant benefits of the FGDC partnership programs lies in the effort that must be made during the proposal preparation stage. Consequently, a high success rate may actually reduce one of the incentives for collaborative efforts.
  • Success in each of these four areas is crucial for the long-term growth and viability of the NSDI: (1) Reducing redundancy in geospatial data creation and maintenance; (2) Reducing the costs of geospatial data creation and maintenance; (3) Improving access to geospatial data; and (4) Improving the accuracy of geospatial data used by the broader community.
  • The NSDI is explicitly a national concept in which the federal government originated and continues to play the major role in its construction.
  • The committee believes that these projects represent a valuable investment in a few well-designed experiments.
  • The creation and maintenance of spatial data represents a substantial investment by a community.
  • The proposed CFIP program will have to resolve several issues in order to be successful.
  • Tijuana River Watershed. Geospatial information provides the common language among five overlapping projects within the NERR, with an improved assessment of flood vulnerability as a major goal.