infrastructure. The challenge that HUD confronts in use of spatial data to address its broad and important mission goals demands an effort that is tantamount to the creation of an urban spatial data infrastructure (USDI) as a component of the NSDI. The integration of local datasets into HUD’s databases can provide relevant, high spatial and temporal resolution data for HUD’s internal program analysis and evaluation, and for national data and information needs including the creation of a USDI, resource management and allocation, and other federal data initiatives. These are formidable challenges that resist simple solutions. This chapter offers a vision of the future of GIS at HUD that demands administrative support and adequate resources for spatial data initiatives.



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