Geographic information standard gains approval

Geographic information standard gains approval

A spatial data standard that was originally developed by the Army Corps of Engineers recently gained approval from the National Committee for IT Standards.

NCITS 353, the new standard for facilities, infrastructure and environment, is a uniform way to collect and manage geographical data, said consultant Henry Tom, chairman of the NCITS geographic information systems technical committee.

The standard is based on Structured Query Language so that it works with relational databases as well as commercial GIS applications, Tom said.

The Army Corps of Engineers and representatives of the other armed forces developed the standard, Tom said. It was so well received that Kevin Backe, who represents the corps on the Federal Geographic Data Committee, proposed that NCITS adopt it as a national GIS standard.

The American National Standards Institute accredits NCITS to administer numerous computer-related standards. Copies of NCITS 353 on CD-ROM can be ordered from the standards committee at www.ncits.org, Tom said.

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