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May 14, 2007
USGS NGPO Update
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USGS NGPO Update
by Mark Newell, APR, Public Affairs Manager, USGS
The USGS National Geospatial Program Office (NGPO) was formed in January of 2005 as a result of the USGS Geography discipline reorganization. The office was established to provide leadership and coordination for Federal mapping and geospatial activities.
The NGPO encompasses the USGS project areas of The National Map, the Geospatial One-Stop, the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the USGS Geospatial Liaison network, The National Atlas, and emergency operations support. The Chief of the NGPO, Bill Carswell, has instructed NGP staff and employees to stress the “Relevance of Geospatial Readiness” within their projects and is working to re-energize the planning and development of geospatial science, support and application. Recent geospatial program highlights include:
The National Map
- 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
- 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
- Geospatial Line of Business support and Program Management Office (PMO)
- Establishing National Geospatial Advisory Committee under FACA
- 2007 CAP Grant recipients have been selected for four of five categories
USGS Geospatial Liaisons
- More than $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
- 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
- Work in progress using best available data from The National Map
- Strives to replicate the look of original USGS topographic maps, where feasible
- 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
NGPO web site
Top News of the Week
Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, announced it will make available nearly 50 detailed 3D (three dimensional) city maps for use in navigation devices and location-based applications. The first Tele Atlas 3D city maps will be released in July 2007, including maps for major European cities such as Berlin, London and Rome; additional European, U.S. and Asian cities are scheduled to be released during the next year.
Pitney Bowes MapInfo, global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced the release of MapInfo Professional(R) 9.0, the latest version of the company's flagship application for business mapping and analysis. The enhanced MapInfo Professional offers several new advantages including support for the Microsoft Windows Vista(R) platform, enhanced database support, direct access to more data formats, and the power to combine time and location-based analysis.
Pitney Bowes MapInfo announced an alliance with
WSI Corporation, leading provider of weather-driven business solutions, to integrate real-time and forecasted weather information within the Pitney Bowes MapInfo(R) desktop and Web-based location intelligence applications. This integration enables insurers, reinsurers and brokers to analyze geographic risk exposure with greater detail, resulting in more accurate business decisions.
Pictometry International Corp. announced that it has signed a business agreement with one of MDA's (TSX:MDA) companies, MDA Geospatial Services Inc., whereby MDA is Pictometry's exclusive provider of Pictometry image libraries and software for all of Canada. Imaging of Canadian population centers is now underway.
1Spatial has become the second member of the new Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI) Partner Programme.
The agreement was finalized and announced at the 1Spatial Conference last week (2nd May 2007). OSNI’s Licensed Partner Programme aims to build relationships with solution providers to add value to Geographic Information. Licensed Partners will enable users of OSNI data to utilize and implement GI services.
ArcIMS Route Server 9.2, the latest version of
ESRI's routing extension to ArcIMS, is now shipping. New routing options and parameters in ArcIMS Route Server take into account even more real-life factors than before, producing more accurate and valuable routing results. In addition, developers have the option to use the Web Application Developer Framework (ADF) to build their own customized routing applications.
With the unveiling of FME 2007,
Safe Software announced that the company’s translation and transformation platform for vector data now includes Spatial ETL capability for raster data.
"FME 2007 provides raster and vector integration capability that has long been missing from the GIS professional's toolkit," said Don Murray, Safe Software’s co-founder. "With FME 2007, GIS professionals can now work with both raster and vector data within one complete spatial ETL solution.”
LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, announced the release of the free ExpressView Browser Plug-in 4.0, designed to offer a more refined user interface to customers who need a quick and easy way to view their MrSID and JPEG 2000 imagery.
The ExpressView Browser Plug-in enables users to use measurement tools and view coordinate system information much more intuitively than in earlier versions. In addition, full support for Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox, and Windows Vista is available, making it easy for customers to use many of the popular operating systems and Web browsers.
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