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Presidential Initiatives

Geospatial One-Stop

Program Manager(s)

Rob Dollison

Managing Partner

Department of the Interior (DOI)


Provides Federal and state agencies with single a point of access to map-related data enabling the sharing of existing data to maximize geospatial investments to leverage resources and reduce redundancies.

Progress to Date

  • Created draft standards to ensure consistency among data sets that describe transportation routes and allow governments to share data about transportation related issues. Pilot project demonstrating the utility of the standard completed
  • Completed inventory of existing Federal data holdings
  • Launched Web portal
  • Submitted harmonized Draft Framework Data Standards to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for review and approval process. All draft standards available for review on
  • Established unified grants program for awarding of grants/cooperative agreements to state and local governments for creation of metadata and training related to metadata for their data holdings
  • Established data community stewards for all Portal communities and developed processes for maintaining the currency and quality of content in the Portal using a data community approach
  • Developed functional requirements for competitive award of the Version 2 production Portal; Award was made and Version 2 was deployed with expanded interoperability features and support of Open Geospatial Consortium standards in July 2005
  • 24 Federal agencies, 49 states, and a many local jurisdictions have posted over 150,000 data sets and 2,500 acquisition plans on as of September 2007
  • Completed ANSI public review of Framework standards
  • Led the initial drafting of grant language to incorporate geospatial data publishing requirements and guidance into all Federal grants where geospatial data is produced as a result of that grant
  • Enhanced the Portal processes for reporting and discovering planned geospatial investments through Geospatial One-Stop. This will increase the number of potential data partnership opportunities for Federal, state, local and tribal governments
  • Deployed new geographic search and visualization enhancements to the portal to improve the discovery of geographic data and on-line map services
  • Improved the amount of State and local government content discoverable in the portal through working with stakeholders, and aligning outreach activities with USGS State liaisons and The National Map program
  • Implemented support for 3-D global viewing of published map services

Next Steps

  • Continue operation of the Geospatial One-Stop Portal to enable government organizations at all levels to discover existing geospatial data and build partnerships for sharing costs for new data acquisitions
  • Continue to enhance the portal’s community content through working with stakeholder Agencies and other partners
  • Continue to integrate work flows between GOS and The National Map to improve access to live web mapping services from Federal, state, local and tribal sources
  • Display status and reliability of published map services with search results
  • Implement RSS feeds and reports to improve feedback to Federal, state, local and tribal publishers and general users
  • Implement and feature new National Map base map web service
  • Incorporate new 2-D viewer and enhance support of 3D global viewing of data
  • Work with the Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IWG-OCM) to use the GOS portal to assist in the inventory and coordination of ocean and coastal mapping activities as part of its response to the U.S. Ocean Action Plan and the 2004 National Research Council assessment of national coastal zone mapping and charting activities

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Geospatial One-Stop Metrics

Exhibit 300

Managing Partner Agency Exhibit 300


Geospatial data identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the Earth. Although a wealth of geospatial information exists, it is often difficult to locate, access, share, and integrate in a timely and efficient manner. Myriad government organizations collect geospatial data in different formats and standards to serve specific missions. This results in wasteful spending on information assets, and impedes the ability of Federal, state and local government to perform critical intergovernmental operations, such as homeland security.

The Geospatial One-Stop initiative promotes coordination and alignment of geospatial data collection and maintenance among all levels of government. Initiative goals include:

  • Developing portal for seamless access to geospatial information
  • Providing standards and models for geospatial data
  • Creating an interactive index to geospatial data holdings at Federal and non-Federal levels
  • Encouraging greater coordination among Federal, state, and local agencies about existing and planned geospatial data collections

Geospatial One-Stop accomplishes these goals by accelerating the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which provides Federal, state, and local governments, as well as private citizens, with “one-stop” access to geospatial data. Interoperability tools, which allow different parties to share data, are being used to migrate current geospatial data from all levels of government to the NSDI, following data standards developed and coordinated through the Federal Geographic Data Committee using the standards process of the American National Standards Institute. A comprehensive web portal has been developed and deployed to provide “one-stop” access to standardized geospatial data.

By making it easier for government officials at all levels to share, coordinate the collection of and gain access to geospatial data, Geospatial One-Stop helps to improve decision making and the delivery of government services. Geospatial One-Stop also accelerates cost efficiencies while reducing duplication as governments better allocate their data resources. Additionally, data consistency, compatibility, and easy access stimulate vendor development of geospatial tools and reduce technology risk for geospatial data users.

Fast Fact

Studies indicate that roughly 80 percent of all government information has a geographic component.