This study will examine progress made in establishing spatial data infrastructures and the challenges faced by those infrastructures, within the context of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The study will examine the role that the USGS can play in continuing to ensure access to high quality geospatial data and support its use in scientific analyses and decision-making through a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) construct.
The committee will undertake three main tasks:
(1) identify existing knowledge and document lessons learned during previous efforts to develop SDIs and their support of scientific endeavors;
(2) develop a vision for optimizing an SDI to organize, integrate, access, and use scientific data; and
(3) create a roadmap to guide the USGS in accomplishing the vision within the scope of the USGS Science Strategy.