Ag awards contract for geospatial data

The Agriculture Department awarded Sanz Inc. of Englewood, Colo., a contract for software to help the Farm Service Agency catalog, manage and provision data from its imagery archives for the National Agriculture Imagery program.

Agriculture will deploy the EarthWhere Spatial Data Provisioning Application software at the Aerial Photography Field Office in Salt Lake City, Utah. The office has provided analog aerial photography to county offices for over 60 years and is now in the process of acquiring digital imagery for about 2,500 county Service Centers, the company said yesterday.

The software will support delivery of the imagery efficiently to the county offices for annual compliance review and, when required, becomes the updated image base layer for the enterprise Geographic Information System.

When a user wants specific information from the photo archives, the software can set up customized data.

For example, the county office wants to ensure that a farmer has not planted a crop beyond the farm's boundaries. Data from a fly-over view of the land is transmitted to the county office, where it is reviewed against an overlay of the farm boundaries.

(Posted Aug. 25 and revised Aug. 26, 2004)

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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