Issue Lesson
[Does not work] Implementation of OGC standards suffers from performance issues. There is lack of leadership.

[Worked well] The development and adoption, though limited, of open standards for geospatial Web Services is a key capability that promotes interoperability. This, in turn, allows for neighboring or overlapping SDIs to work well together without special agreements or translators.
Data Scientists must make available data that underpin knowledge products

Federal data are created to some minimum achievable standard

Census using local roads data

Landsat 7…we’ve done the best we could. We need the continuity mission now.

Everything online [what has worked well] - We have seen a paradigm shift in thinking about data and especially spatial data, in the last four years or so. Prior to this, data owners were generally unwilling to share their data for fear of them being misused, losing control over the data, of them being used to scoop the originators of the data, or others getting credit for the data. In the past few years however, there is widespread recognition of the value of making ones data more widely available for others to use. This coincides generally with the release of Google Earth and the rapidly growing expectation that everything, including scientific data, should be readily available online at no cost.

[what has not worked well] Mandated uniformity – Everyone has invested vast resources in their databases and spatial data infrastructure. So, when discussion of data integration came up, the fear was that we would all be forced to convert what works for us, into some format (and operating system, and server configuration) that would be imposed. Many data providers have custom systems and applications that will be prohibitively expensive to re-do. Plus, with cyberinfrastructure in a constant state of change, how could we adopt a system that would not be obsolete before it was implemented.

[Do differently] Put some good people into cataloging existing reports and data sets. Build better metadata tools. Make management accountable to publish geospatial data from all projects. Make all projects identify spatial data results, plan for, and publish them before project is considered complete.

[Challenges] Geography has spent the last decade trying to justify their existence, rather than meeting customer needs. Many of Geography programs have become largely irrelevant, with some very notable exceptions, all of which are long-term commitments of resources focused on data content, such as NED, NHD, NLCD.


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