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2. The partnership programs need to take a long-term view. One year funding is inadequate to assess the real success.

3. The partnerships should be established in a hypothesis testing mode so that there are measurable outcomes.

4. The MSC also suggested the need for an extended framework.

5. It is becoming increasingly obvious that an effective and widely used NSDI will be developed with substantial if not primary input from organizations outside of federal government.

6. The requirement for large-scale source materials is critical for the development of federal-local partnerships.

7. In other words, if a data layer is part of the NSDI and also a component of both a State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) and a Local Spatial Data Infrastructure (LSDI), the data for these layers need to be collected at the lowest level and generalized to the other levels. This ensures logical consistency among the parts of the extended NSDI framework.

8. There are at least nine major steps necessary to realize this extended Framework:

• Definition of the contents of the city, county, or local extended Framework;

• Definition of the contents of the state or tribal nation extended Framework;

• Definition of the extended Framework hardware architecture;

• Definition of coordination mechanisms;

• Assignments for layer responsibilities;

• Definition of quality standards (collection and maintenance) and procedures for the development of the extended Framework at all levels;

• Data generation in agreement with the corresponding Framework;

• Data maintenance program; and

• Budget allocation.



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