Grassroots Group Releases NSDI 2.0 Concept Paper

January 23, 2009 - Today a collaborative grassroots coalition released a concept paper titled "NSDI 2.0: Powering our National Economy, Renewing our Infrastructure, Protecting our Environment."

The NSDI 2.0 Concept Paper is available at

The paper notes that "the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will create jobs in the short-term and spur economic growth and competitiveness in the long-term. But this plan must be designed in a new way. We must make smart strategic investments that serve as a down payment on our long-term economic future, create millions of new jobs - and provide the American workforce with new skills.

To build a 21st century economy, we must engage Local, State, and Federal agencies and their partnering contractors across the nation to create jobs rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges, electric grids and schools - but these organizations need an updated online information network that will allow them to rebuild in a smart, efficient, environmentally conscientious and sustainable way. A National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), updated with vital environmental information, will speed economic recovery by producing jobs putting "green" shovels in the ground quickly and tie together ongoing government initiatives.

An "NSDI 2.0" will leave the country with a public resource, a modern spatial data infrastructure that will become a foundation for new business and technology investment - including broadband infrastructure development efforts now under consideration. Most importantly, this framework provides a sustainable, long-term infrastructure and innovation investment that will create thousands of new jobs and contribute to the economy for many years to come."

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About the NSDI 2.0 Concept Paper
The NSDI 2.0 Concept Paper is a proposition offered by a collaborative grassroots coalition that advances a business case applicable to the entire geospatial and environmental sector. It embodies an inclusive, collective approach that is well positioned to provide widespread economic success throughout public, private, and non-profit organizations of all types and sizes. This paper represents (although unofficially) the consensus view of a collaboration between corporate entities, the non-profit sector, the open source GIS software community, as well as Municipal, County, Regional, and State Government Agencies who produce and rely upon the Nation's critical geospatial and environmental data resources. For more information please visit:


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  • NSDI 2.0 Concept Paper January 26, 2009
    Reviewed by 'Jeff Harrison'
    Thanks for the feedback. You are correct that the NSDI 2.0 paper tired to focus on data interoperability. The technical philosophy of NSDI 2.0 is that geospatial data and environmental information should be maintained locally, closest-to-source, and then shared with the Nation through online services.

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  • President, ISSI January 24, 2009
    Reviewed by 'David Sonnen'
    The NSDI 2.0 proposal seems sound and workable. The authors have been making spatial data infrastructures work for decades.
    There are other proposals emerging that are basically unsolicited proposals for a specific commercial solution. The NSDI 2.0 proposal opens NSDI work to all technologies and focuses on the critical elements of data interoperability.
    I think that geospatial professionals should and will get behind NSDI 2.0. As the proposal says, there is a lot of work to do and we all need to be part of it.

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