Figure 1 summarizes the current level of involvement in NSDI throughout the nation, based on responses to a recent survey carried out by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and the FGDC. Even though there has been considerable success, several questions remain concerning the original premise of the NSDI and the role of partnerships:

  • What forms of partnership work best?

  • How effective are partnerships at fostering each of the basic aims of the NSDI?

  • How successful have the various partnership programs sponsored by the federal government been at achieving the objectives of the NSDI?

FIGURE 1. Interest in the NSDI is widespread, a result in part of the partnership programs sponsored by the FGDC. This map illustrates how counties responded to a recent NSGIC/FGDC survey asking about active participation in NSDI framework development (Somers, 1999, page 9; reprinted with permission from Geospatial Solutions).

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