National States Geographic Information Council
Build partnerships to utilize states as area integrators (concept from the NSDI Framework).
Update The National Map based on transactions, not snapshots.
Washington State Geographic Information Council
The events of September 11th only underscore that all of us have a real need for a consistent, accurate, and reliable set of geographic data that is readily available and accessible to all levels of government. It is imperative that our first responders have a single consistent mapping framework, ensuring rapid deployment in emergency situations. We need to be proactive in minimizing the confusion that our first responders often face with the current state of incompatible maps and data. For us to serve the needs of the twenty-first century, we need a USGS-supported National Map, just as the USGS’s topographic maps aptly served the needs of the past century.
Greenhorn and O’Mara, Inc.
Digital data sources are extremely useful for many applications. There is now and will be in the foreseeable future an ongoing reliance on the paper (lithographic) USGS quadrangle map sheets.