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A RESEARCH AGENDA FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE AT THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Committee on Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science

Mapping Science Committee

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

Division on Earth and Life Studies

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COMMITTEE ON RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR THE USGS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SCIENCE

ROBERT P. DENARO, Chair,

NAVTEQ Corporation, Chicago, Illinois

KATE BEARD-TISDALE,

University of Maine, Orono

CYNTHIA A. BREWER,

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

MICHAEL DOMARATZ,

Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Alexandria, Virginia

PENG GONG,

University of California, Berkeley

ROBERT B. MCMASTER,

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

MING-HSIANG TSOU,

San Diego State University, California

JOHN P. WILSON,

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

National Research Council Staff

PAUL M. CUTLER, Study Director

ANN G. FRAZIER, Program Officer

CAETLIN M. OFIESH, Associate Program Officer

NICHOLAS D. ROGERS, Research Associate

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MAPPING SCIENCE COMMITTEE

KEITH C. CLARKE, Chair,

University of California, Santa Barbara

ROBERT P. DENARO,

NAVTEQ Corporation, Chicago, Illinois

SHOREH ELHAMI,

Delaware County Auditor’s Office, Delaware, Ohio

HON. JAMES E. GERINGER, Former Governor of Wyoming,

ESRI, Wheatland, Wyoming

GEORGE F. HEPNER,

University of Utah, Salt Lake City

JOHN R. JENSEN,

University of South Carolina, Columbia

NINA S.-N. LAM,

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

LEWIS A. LAPINE,

South Carolina Geodetic Survey, Columbia

MARY L. LARSGAARD,

University of California, Santa Barbara

XAVIER R. LOPEZ,

Oracle Corporation, Nashua, New Hampshire

ROBERT B. MCMASTER,

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

SHASHI SHEKHAR,

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

NANCY TOSTA,

Ross and Associates Environmental Consulting, Ltd., Seattle, Washington

EUGENE TROBIA,

Arizona State Land Department, Phoenix

National Research Council Staff

MARIA E. UHLE, Program Officer

JARED P. ENO, Research Associate

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BOARD ON EARTH SCIENCES AND RESOURCES

GEORGEM. HORNBERGER, Chair,

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

GREGORY B. BAECHER,

University of Maryland, College Park

STEVEN R. BOHLEN,

Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Washington, D.C.

KEITH C. CLARKE,

University of California, Santa Barbara

DAVIDCOWEN,

University of South Carolina, Columbia

WILLIAM E. DIETRICH,

University of California, Berkeley

ROGER M. DOWNS,

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

JEFF DOZIER,

University of California, Santa Barbara

KATHERINE H. FREEMAN,

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

RHEA L. GRAHAM,

Pueblo of Sandia, Bernalillo, New Mexico

RUSSELL J. HEMLEY,

Carnegie Institute of Washington, Washington, D.C.

MURRAY W. HITZMAN,

Colorado School of Mines, Golden

V. RAMA MURTHY,

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

CLAYTON NICHOLS,

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (retired), Standpoint

RAYMOND A. PRICE,

Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

BARBARA A. ROMANOWICZ,

University of California, Berkeley

JOAQUIN RUIZ,

University of Arizona, Tucson

MARK SCHAEFER,

Global Environment and Technology Foundation, Arlington, Virginia

WILLIAM W. SHILTS,

Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign

RUSSELL STANDS-OVER-BULL,

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Billings, Montana

TERRY C. WALLACE, JR.,

Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico

THOMAS J. WILBANKS,

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee

National Research Council Staff

ANTHONY R. DE SOUZA, Director

PAUL M. CUTLER, Senior Program Officer

ELIZABETH EIDE, Senior Program Officer

DAVID A. FEARY, Senior Program Officer

ANNE M. LINN, Senior Program Officer

ANN G. FRAZIER, Program Officer

SAMMANTHA L. MAGSINO, Program Officer

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CAETLIN M. OFIESH, Associate Program Officer

RONALD F. ABLER, Senior Scholar

JENNIFER T. ESTEP, Financial Associate

VERNA J. BOWEN, Financial and Administrative Associate

JARED P. ENO, Research Associate

NICHOLAS D. ROGERS, Research Associate

TONYA E. FONG YEE, Program Assistant

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This report was greatly enhanced by input from participants at the workshop and public committee meetings held as part of this study (see Appendix B). These presentations and discussions helped set the stage for the committee’s fruitful discussions in the sessions that followed.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council (NRC) Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report:

Kenneth Boyko, U.S. Geological Survey (retired), Newburg, Missouri

Barbara Buttenfield, University of Colorado, Boulder

Keith Clarke, University of California, Santa Barbara

Thomas Cova, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Mark DeMulder, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Reston, Virginia

Liping Di, George Mason University, Greenbelt, Maryland

William Gail, Microsoft Corporation, Boulder, Colorado

May Yuan, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Michael Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in

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accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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