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Geospatial One-Stop
Program Manager
: Hank Garie
: Provides federal and state agencies with single point of access to map-related data enabling the sharing of existing data, and to identify potential partners for sharing the cost for future data purchases.
Progress to Date
: Created draft standards to ensure consistency among data sets that describe transportation routes and allow governments to share data about transportation related issues. Pilot project demonstrating the utility of the standard completed.
  Completed inventory of existing Federal data holdings
  Launched Web portal
  Submitted harmonized Draft Framework Data Standards to ANSI for review and approval process. All draft standards available for review on
Next Steps
: Establish unified grants program for awarding of grants/cooperative agreements to state and local governments for creation of metadata and training related to metadata for their data holdings
  Establish Data Channel stewards for all channels and develop processes for maintaining the currency and quality of content in the Portal using a data community approach
  Manage Phase 1 of the portal as an operational tool to develop best practices strategy
  Establish a mandatory standard for GSA IT Schedule for interoperable geospatial portal components. Develop functional requirements and issue a Request for Proposal for the Version 2 production portal
  Complete ANSI public review, comment and adjudication of Framework standards
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Geospatial data identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the Earth. Although a wealth of geospatial information exists, it is often difficult to locate, access, share, and integrate in a timely and efficient manner. Myriad government organizations collect geospatial data in different formats and standards to serve specific missions. This results in wasteful spending on information assets, and impedes the ability of federal, state, and local government to perform critical intergovernmental operations, such as homeland security.

The Geospatial One-Stop initiative will promote coordination and alignment of geospatial data collection and maintenance among all levels of government. Initiative goals include:

  • Developing portal for seamless access to Geospatial information
  • Providing standards and models for geospatial data
  • Creating an interactive index to geospatial data holdings at federal and non-federal levels
  • Encouraging greater coordination among federal, state, and local agencies about existing and planned geospatial data collections

Geospatial One-Stop will accomplish these goals by accelerating the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which will provide federal, state, and local governments, as well as private citizens, with “one-stop” access to geospatial data. Interoperability tools, which allow different parties to share data, will be used to migrate current geospatial data from all levels of government to the NSDI, following data standards developed and coordinated through the Federal Geographic Data Committee using the standards process of the American National Standards Institute. A comprehensive web portal will then be developed and deployed to provide “one-stop” access to standardized geospatial data.

By making it easier for government officials at all levels to share, coordinate the collection of and gain access to geospatial data, Geospatial One-Stop will help to improve decision making and the delivery of government services. Geospatial One-Stop will also accelerate cost efficiencies while reducing duplication as governments better allocate their data resources. Additionally, data consistency, compatibility, and easy access will stimulate vendor development of geospatial tools and reduce technology risk for geospatial data users.


Studies indicate that roughly 80 percent of all government information has a geographic component.

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