National Geospatial Programs Office, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior

Data Center Description
In a bold, forward-looking step, the USGS Director has realigned the geospatial
programs for which the USGS has a leadership responsibility into a National
Geospatial Programs Office (NGPO) to serve the needs and interests of the
geospatial community throughout the Nation. This realignment brings The
National Map, Geospatial One-Stop, and the Federal Geographic Data Committee
into a single program office. With the creation of the NGPO, the essential
components of delivering the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and
capitalizing on the power of place will be managed as a unified portfolio that
benefits the entire geospatial community.

The emphasis of the NGPO will be to engage partners throughout the geospatial
community in its planning and in ensuring that its unified portfolio meets the
needs of those on the landscape. By connecting the components of The National
Map (integrated base data), FGDC (coordination, policy, and standards), and
Geospatial One-Stop (information discovery and access), and by embracing and
communicating the message of the importance of the NSDI, the geospatial
community and the Nation will realize the vision of ?current and accurate
geospatial data will be available to contribute locally, nationally, and
globally to economic growth, environmental quality and stability, and social

Related activities that are part of the NGPO geospatial portfolio include The
National Atlas, Department of the Interior Enterprise Geographic Information
Management, and GEODE--Geologic Data Explorer.


[Summary provided by the USGS.]

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