Alaska Geographic Data Committee
The purpose of the Alaska Geographic Data Committee is to provide a forum for:
In October 1990, the Office of Management and Budget issued a revised Circular A-16, "Coordination of Surveying, Mapping, and Related Spatial Data Activities." The goals of the Circular are to develop a national digital geographic information resource, to reduce duplication, to reduce the expense of developing geographic data, and to increase the benefits of using available data by ensuring coordination of Federal agency geographic data activities.
The Circular assigns to Federal agencies the responsibilities of leading coordination activities for 10 categories of data. These categories form the data foundation for many applications. Agency responsibilities include providing government-wide leadership in developing data standards, assisting information and data exchange, and coordinating data collection.
The Circular also establishes an interagency committee, the Federal Geographic Data Committee, to promote the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geographic data. The committee also oversees and provides policy guidance for agency efforts to coordinate data categories.
Statewide leadership will be provided by the Alaska Geographic Data Committee for surveying, mapping, and related spatial data coordination. The member agencies identified below will provide leadership to coordinate this effort, including the facilitation of exchange of information and transfer of data; and the coordination of the collection of spatial data to minimize duplication of effort where practical and economical.
The objective of the Alaska Geographic Data Committee is to build geographic information partnerships. The Alaska Geographic Data Committee will assess the needs of, and promote coordination with, the Federal/non-Federal spatial data community by facilitating communication between the Alaska Geographic Data Committee and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (including lead agencies, subcommittees, and other working groups). The Alaska Geographic Data Committee will pursue this objective through the following initiatives:
U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center
U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region
NOAA, Office of Coast Survey
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District
Alaska National Guard 103rd Civil Support Team (WMD)
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
City and Borough of Haines
The Alaska Geographic Data Committee recognizes the development of Alaska's geographic data resources depends on all parties working together: Federal, State, local government, Native community, academia, and the private sector. The Alaska Geographic Data Committee proposes to work with the non-Federal community through such organizations as the Alaska ArcInfo Users Group and the Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference. The forum for coordination with the non-Federal community through these organizations could be in the form of presentations, committees, working groups, projects, newsletters, workshops, bulletin boards, and data directories.
A representative of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geography Discipline, and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (AKDNR) will serve as Co-Chairs for the Alaska Geographic Data Committee. The USGS and AKDNR will provide staff support to the AGDC for correspondence, meeting scheduling, newsletters, and mailings. Subcommittees and working groups will be established as needed and will be responsible for their own administrative support. The AGDC will meet quarterly or as needed.
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