and wildlife biologists in Calabar, Nigeria. He is responsible for GIS data and applications development for all aspects of tribal governance and land management. This responsibility involves development of a land parcel database for the tribe, as well as mapping private ownership on the reservation. Mr. Roberts is a metadata trainer for the FGDC and is a member of the InterTribal GIS Council Technical Working Group and the Indigenous Mapping Network. Mr. Roberts has B.S. and M.S. degrees in forest resources.

Michael T. Swartz is senior vice president and chief information officer for First American Flood Data Services, which is the leading provider of guaranteed flood zone determinations to the mortgage lending and insurance industries. Carrying out this function requires a comprehensive library of nationwide, digitized, vector parcel data in a common format. First American has built such a system by obtaining or creating the vector parcel data; therefore, Mr. Swartz brings the perspectives of both a developer and an intensive user of a national parcel data system and is very familiar with this topic. Prior to his employment with First American, Mr. Swartz spent 11 years in various systems and financial research positions on Wall Street, including vice president and manager of futures research for J. P. Morgan. Mr. Swartz holds an M.S. in computer science from New York University and a B.A. in computer science from Dartmouth College.

Nancy von Meyer is vice president of Fairview Industries, providing consulting, education, and GIS implementation services to government agencies and the private sector. She received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. Dr. Von Meyer works with many counties and local governments on parcel, land records, and system design for automation and modernization projects. She is also active with federal initiatives related to the FGDC Cadastral Data Content Standard, the National Integrated Lands System, eastern states cadastral initiatives, and other land records projects. She is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional land surveyor and has recently published a book entitled GIS and Land Records. Dr. Von Meyer served previously on an NRC ad hoc committee and on the NRC Mapping Science Committee from 1994 to 1997.


Ann G. Frazier is a program officer with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, coordinating mapping science activities. She has 25 years of experience in science and engineering, including 10 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in geographic sciences. She focused on land cover change, urban growth, ecological modeling, and application of geographic analysis and remote sensing in interdisciplinary environmental studies. Prior to the USGS, Ann worked for 13 years in the aerospace industry on the Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs. Ann has a B.A. in physics-astronomy, an M.S. in space technology, a certificate in environmental management, and an M.S. in geography.

Amanda M. Roberts is a science assistant at the Office of Integrative Activities of the National Science Foundation. Previously, she was a senior program assistant with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. Amanda also interned at the Fund for Peace in Washington, D.C., working on the Human Rights and Business Roundtable, and worked in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program. She is a master’s candidate at the Johns Hopkins University in the Environment and Policy Program and holds an M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from Arcadia University, specializing in environmental conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.

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