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 essential to the country and to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS based its heart of Excellence for Geospatial details technology (CEGIS) in 2006 to advance and distribute nationwide geospatial info resources in a fast-moving details know-how atmosphere. so as to satisfy this venture, the USGS requested the nationwide examine Council to evaluate present GIScience functions on the USGS, establish present and destiny wishes for GIScience features, suggest ideas for strengthening those services and for taking part with others to maximise learn productiveness, and make innovations concerning the most popular learn parts for CEGIS to pursue. With an preliminary concentrate on bettering the features of The nationwide Map, the file recommends 3 precedence learn components for CEGIS: details entry and dissemination, info integration, and information versions, and additional identifies study themes inside those parts that CEGIS may still pursue. to handle those examine issues, CEGIS wishes a sustainable examine administration technique that consists of a portfolio of collaborative study that balances brief and long-term targets.
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Assess current capabilities in GIScience research at the USGS and recommend strategies for strengthening these capabilities and for collaborating with others to maximize research productivity. Using knowledge of the current state of the art in GIScience, make recommendations regarding the most effective research areas for the CEGIS to pursue. , and once in Irvine, California—and numerous times by phone. The committee benefited from input from a range of experts (Appendix B) and drew from a broad range of documents listed in the references.
2 Difference between employee functions in 2003 and projected future geography discipline employee functions. Negative numbers represent an excess of employees in the function; positive numbers represent a current shortage in the function. Largest proposed growth areas (positive numbers) are in data integration and partnership development. Because this figure was generated before the USGS map production functions moved to NGPO, it is at best a general indication of planned changes that are not yet complete.
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.