organizational structure of the USGS, some critical elements of a successful SDI implementation pertain to the entire organization and are described in this report.


This report is organized according to the Statement of Task. Chapter 2 provides background on the Science Strategy and its dependence on geospatial data and identifies the challenges for a successful SDI. Chapter 3 addresses Task 1, lessons learned from SDI implementation in other organizations that the committee felt were pertinent to the USGS situation. Most of the information for the chapter was drawn from briefings to the committee and a survey of key people and organizations involved in SDI development and implementation. Chapter 4 addresses Task 2, outlining the committee’s vision for optimizing an SDI for the USGS and discussing key goals for desirable constituent elements of an SDI. Finally, Chapter 5 addresses Task 3 with key recommendations on organizational considerations and a general roadmap for SDI implementation. The committee understands that execution is USGS’s key need with respect to its SDI; Chapter 5, although brief, might be the most valuable contribution of this study.


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