The Panel recommended:

“…that technical studies continue to be sponsored by the federal government to identify consistent land information and display standards for use among and within federal agencies and between federal and state governments. These studies should rely on the authority of state governments to adopt the standards and organize the data collection, in cooperation with the federal government to ensure compatibility on a national basis, delegating these functions to local governments where appropriate.

…that each state authorize an Office of Land Information Systems, through legislation where necessary, to implement the multipurpose cadastre.

…that local governments be the primary access point for local land information.”

“We recommend support by the federal government for the establishment of a center or centers of excellence in land-information science, for the purposes of providing a program that develops scholars and professionals. The curriculum should include direct experience with land-data-systems problems.”

The present committee notes that although there has been some organizational progress since 1980 (e.g., NSGIC, FGDC, GeoData Alliance), the fundamental need to improve the nation’s geospatial data capabilities and resources remains as a challenge to the implementation of a robust NSDI.

lenge is to find ways to reach a common ground that can benefit all the potential users. This visual representation of the actual features on the ground, in their planimetrically correct position, provides the best evidence and source material for updating and correcting spatial data. A fundamental goal and driving force behind an extended Framework is that data will be collected once and maintained regularly. In other words, if a data layer is part of the NSDI and also a component of both



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