of all types and classifications enumerated in many papers still are only concepts, not a reality of practice.

  • When terrorism strikes again the best preparation (outside of counterintelligence efforts) will be to create a system of high-quality data that is created locally and data mined up through the states and into the federal network. Any value-added items and funding should be sent back down the network. To save lives this data must be sitting on both federal and local authorities’ desks, and they must have it in use.

  • The effort needs to be recognized for how important to all forms of cooperation, communication, and cost-effective services it will be. Perhaps we will see the states, the utilities, the home security institutions, and the private sector associations standing together with USGS explaining how it needs to work to Congress and OMB in the near future.

Ernest Baldwin

U.S. Government Printing Office

  • Keep the interface simple and readily available to the general public user. If possible, use a standard Web browser interface. To minimize undue complexity, maintenance, and expense, proprietary client software and other products with copyright-like barriers should be avoided. Design The National Map for full functionality over typical connection bandwidths and speeds. National Map designs should target “middle-of-the-road” personal computer, monitor, and printer hardware. Avoid the necessity for bleeding-edge technologies. A compromise may be to design tiered functionality, offering a basic set of functions to lower-end users.

  • The National Map should be accessible to visually impaired users; i.e. (USGS should design in Section 508 compliance).

  • The FDLP and the Cataloging and Indexing program work in concert to provide timely, permanent, no-fee public access to U.S. government publications. This is achieved through the operation of a network of libraries that contain collections of U.S. government publications and provide services to assist the public in using this material; creation and maintenance of tools to identify, describe, locate, and obtain publications; and maintenance of permanent collections of U.S. government publications.

  • U.S. government maps are a significant component of the FDLP, and FDLP distribution of USGS printed maps is accomplished by USGS for GPO, operating under the terms of an interagency agreement. This

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