Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Public Safety Interface of the GIS Inventory

For anyone looking for a one-stop shopping point of GIS related information that has utility for the Emergency Services Sector (ESS), the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) offers the Public Safety Interface (PSI) of the GIS Inventory. Currently in release version 5.0, upgrades to the PSI during 2012 were funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Although data sets directly available from the PSI are limited, links are provided to the authoritative data clearinghouse for each state. Additionally, links to major resource centers for theme related topics such as U.S. National Grid, Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD), and the Geospatial Platform are prominently displayed on the PSI home page. To check out the PSI, use the link below:

Comment: As long as users realize the PSI is more akin to an information clearinghouse than a data clearinghouse, it will be a solid addition to most ESS related GIS efforts. Kudos go out to the NSGIC Geospatial Preparedness Committee for developing the PSI.

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