Jerry Johnston, the EPA’s geospatial information officer, said a version of the geoplatform.gov platform is already available but the full website will not come until fall.
The website will function as an online database of maps with supporting metadata describing the map origin and level of detail, the report said.
GIS professionals can use any agency’s map instead of building their own, a feature that was not present in the government space for geospatial information, Johnston said.
Johnston said the website will allow users to modify or update maps by adding a data layer without duplicating original figures.
The maps will have different access levels categorized as public, government only and within an agency or to a specific set of users.
Johnston said the website will operate on an Ersi-powered cloud system and will include security and capacity features crucial to the release of the annual EPA map, according to NextGov.
Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, agencies had difficulty sharing data with partner agencies without a centralized portal, according to NextGov.