On Wednesday, federal agencies and their geospatial partners launched the Geospatial Platform, providing access to federal data collections on maps.
The new platform was developed as a partnership among agencies belonging to the Federal Geographic Data Committee, an interagency committee composed of representatives from the White House, Cabinet departments and independent agencies.
Along with federal data, the platform provides access to data from state, local and tribal governments.
“The Geospatial Platform will provide a user-friendly “˜one-stop shop“™ for place-based data you can trust, and the tools to display that data on a map platform,” said Anne Castle, the Interior Department’s assistant secretary for water and science.
Online visitors can build their own maps through using both their own data and data already available in the public domain. The FDGC said the platform has already made available environmental clean-up data from the Environmental Protection Agency and hurricane data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“The ability to quickly visualize combinations of different types of data will allow decision makers and citizens to make timely, informed judgments on important land and resource issues,“ Castle said. “The platform will also promote efficiency and reduce duplication of effort by providing the means to create unique maps that can be built once and reused many times.”
The FGDC and the General Services Administration have partnered in an effort to improve access to geospatial data at Data.gov. Plans are in place to integrate and display geospatial information at Data.gov.