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Update from The USGS National Geospatial Program Office (NGPO) E-mail
Written by Glenn Letham (GISuser editor)   
10 April 2007
This update comes to us courtesy of our friends at the USGS National Geospatial Program Office (NGPO). Recently the USGS NGP presented at the NSGIC Mid-year Conference in Annapolis, MD - the message being presented: “Geospatial Information is the cornerstone of Geospatial Readiness”. The USGS National Geospatial Program Office was formed in January 2005 in an effort to provid leadership and coordination for Federal mapping and geospatial activities. 


Recent geospatial program highlights and success stories from the NGPO include:

The National Map:  (nationalmap.gov)
- In the process of rebuilding viewers
- Viewers will be incorporated in GOS portal and will provide access to The

National Map and National Atlas
- Re-engineering The National Map system
- Land cover will be included as a layer of  The National Map

Geospatial One-Stop:  (www.geodata.gov)
- Overall collection grew from 81,000 to 123,000 records in 2006
- In excess of 4,800 map services published by our partners
- GOS Marketplace grew from 500 plans to more than 2,000
- Greater than 1,000 contacts made to date in FY’07

FGDC Executive Secretariat:  (www.fgdc.gov)
- Geospatial Line of Business support and Program Management Office

- Establishing National Geospatial Advisory Committee under FACA
- 2007 CAP Grant recipients have been selected for four of five categories

USGS Geospatial Liaisons
- Over $10.3 million in agreements for high-resolution imagery for NGA and

DHS leveraging more than $40 million in state and local investments
- More than $1.1 million in partner funding agreements to support high-priority

NSDI development needs such as strategic and business planning, clearinghouse infrastructure and data portals, framework data stewardship, integration of local data
- Coordinated NHD Maintenance, Geospatial One-Stop and Metadata workshops in multiple states
- Coordinated technical expertise support from NGTOC to enable partner successes

Emergency Operations
- USGS work with state, local and regional organizations
- Participating in Project Homeland
- Providing data for first responders
- Collaborating on building systems to rapidly ingest and disseminated data
- Collaborating in DHS and NGS collections of HSIP data

Graphic Products
- Work in progress using best available data from The National Map
- Strives to replicate the look of original USGS topographic maps, where

- Will develop local workshops and customer feedback forums to refine

standards, improve data quality and provide input
- Image maps will be a companion to geo-referenced pdf topographic maps

According to our contact at the NGPO, they are embarking on some future projects that will impact the geospatial community

See www.usgs.gov/ngpo

Last Updated ( 25 April 2007 )
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