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A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the United States Geological Survey
PRIORITY RESEARCH AREAS
This section defines and applies criteria for the prioritization of CEGIS research. The committee deliberated on candidate criteria based on information from meeting participants, interviews, and other inputs (Appendix B). Not only do the criteria help define broad research areas, they point to more specific priorities among focused topics within these areas. Consequently, the criteria are used again later in this chapter. The committee’s eight prioritization criteria for CEGIS research follow:
Prioritization Criteria for CEGIS Research
Importance to The National Map. The National Map is a critical product and service of the USGS and, in particular, of the National Geospatial Program Office (NGPO). Consequently, an initial research emphasis on serving the needs of The National Map is a high priority. Furthermore, if applied to enhancing The National Map, the results will be a visible and high-profile measure of the success of such research.
Importance to USGS disciplines. After serving the needs defined by TheNational Map, the most important constituencies for CEGIS are the USGS disciplines. discipline needs and The National Map needs are not mutually exclusive. New capabilities for The National Map described in Chapter 2 are envisioned to serve the disciplines and multidisciplinary interactions.
Relevance to society. CEGIS serves not only USGS but also the nation. Its research projects will have to demonstrate high relevance to society.
Solves a problem and targets a customer. At this early stage in CEGIS’s evolution and with limited resources, CEGIS will have to focus on applied research with measurable payoff. Solving key customers’ problems should receive high priority.
Foundational, understandable, and generalizable. CEGIS’s most important projects will be those that solve problems in geographic information science (GIScience) that have general applicability to the field and are easily comprehensible by users and customers. A measure of success in this criterion would be acceptance of CEGIS research results in a peer-reviewed publication.
Enables multidisciplinary integration. Due to the wide variety of users of CEGIS’s research, the most effective research will be that which serves the widest breadth of users and supports an “enterprise solution.”
Focus on content. Content is the defining ingredient provided by the USGS—whether from The National Map or elsewhere. CEGIS’s research will need to focus on content-related issues. CEGIS may at times do