A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the United States Geological Survey

  • AuthorBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • TitleResearch Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the United States Geological Survey, A
  • PublisherNational Academies Press
  • Copyright2007
  • ISBN0-309-11154-4

In 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) founded the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) to develop and distribute geospatial data in a way that meets national needs in our rapidly changing information-technology environment. USGS asked the National Research Council to assess the current capabilities of CEGIS, identify short- and long-term needs for sustaining CEGIS capabilities, recommend strategies for improving these capabilities and for collaborating with others to maximize research funding and results, and recommend crucial areas for research. The report recommends that CEGIS focus first on improving the capabilities of the National Map, which will require research in three priority areas— information access and dissemination, data integration, and data models. The study committee also identifies priority research topics in these areas and recommends that CEGIS develop a research-management process configured to oversee a portfolio of collaborative projects that balances short- and long-term goals.