Geospatial One Stop gets state representation

Geospatial One Stop gets state representation

The intergovernmental Geospatial One Stop committee, which is working to establish spatial data collection and classification standards for federal, state and local governments, has a state liaison that reports to the group.

The National Association of State CIOs this week named Judith Teller, New Jersey's CIO, as the state representative to the committee.

State and local governments' progress in collecting spatial data 'dwarfs what's happening federally,' said Hank Garie, director of New Jersey's Office of Government Information Systems. 'The challenge is to try to define a balance between roles and responsibilities between federal, state and local governments.'

For example, the Federal Geographic Data Committee, leading the development of the Geospatial One Stop portal, is asking agencies to organize spatial data for a national clearinghouse on the FGDC Web site.

Most states already have a Web clearinghouse that would be similar to the Geospatial One Stop portal, Garie said.

'I think the states have their data inventory act together better than the feds to a large degree,' Garie said.

The federal authorities in charge of the project'the Interior Department and Office of Management and Budget'have not communicated what they expect from state and local governments for the project, Garie said.

Teller will work to improve the level of communication, he said.

The National States Geographic Information Council will meet in Park City, Utah, next week to discuss the Geospatial One Stop and other initiatives.

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