CIO Council issues geospatial profile within FEA

The newly released geospatial profile by the CIO Council and Federal Geographic Data Committee will help agencies better understand how geospatial data can be essential to their missions.

'Many organizations are looking for help in guiding their information technologists through the world of geospatial tools and capabilities,' according to the geospatial profile. 'The geospatial profile will provide a much-needed blueprint for them to follow in helping them invest and build together, ensuring data sharing and interoperability.'

The profile is one of several elements that make up the Federal Enterprise Architecture, and the third that cuts across all FEA reference models'performance, business, data, service-component and technical reference models.

The CIO Council and the Office of Management and Budget released the records-management profile earlier this year, and the security and privacy profile in September 2004.

Within the performance reference model, the geospatial profile 'provides a tool for focusing scarce geospatial resources more effectively, and for communicating to those external to federal government the benefits of geospatial programs,' the document said.

Also, the geospatial profile within the data reference model 'addresses the components, interfaces and processes for implementing and managing an integrated, cohesive geospatial data policy.'

Future editions of the profile could be improved by better tailoring its use for the data reference model and adding a list of geospatial technologies to the technical reference model, the document added.

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