GIS standard gets go-ahead from NCITS

GIS standard gets go-ahead from NCITS

The National Committee for IT Standards has approved a spatial data standard developed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

NCITS 353 provides a uniform way to collect and manage geographic data, said consultant Henry Tom, chairman of the NCITS geographic information systems technical committee.

Because NCITS 353 is based on Structured Query Language, it works with relational databases as well as commercial GIS applications, Tom said.

After the Army Corps of Engineers and other armed forces representatives developed the GIS standard, Kevin Backe, who represents the corps on the Federal Geographic Data Committee, proposed that NCITS adopt it nationwide.

The NCITS executive committee also recently approved NCTIS 354, a common industry format for the software development testing process, and NCITS 355, an interoperability standard for Fibre Channel switches. Copies of the new standards can be ordered at

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