As related in several publications, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has recently requested comments from the public on its updated National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Strategic Plan. Covering years 2013-2016, the plan as released anticipates rapid and dynamic changes in factors such as sensor technology and big data which will have significant impact on the NSDI. Based on consideration of these factors, the plan sets benchmarks for managing the envisioned substantial changes in collection and use of geospatial data. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Details in the links below:
Submit comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comment: While this publication may appear to have little to do with the Emergency Services Sector, the reality is this is a golden opportunity for individuals in the ESS to make their voices heard about which items of location derived information are essential to the community. The August 8th EMR-ISAC Critical Infrastructure Protection Infogram said it best:
This is a valuable opportunity for agencies and departments representing the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) to voice their needs for the types of GIS data they can use during the course of their duties and responsibilities. The use of GIS is expanding and has been a powerful tool during natural disasters, enhancing response capabilities at the state and local level especially. Fire and EMS departments can use GIS tools to map response areas, water sources, sites with hazardous materials, special needs communities, or utilities. It can also be used in training scenarios, codes enforcement, deciding ideal shelter locations, and in dispatching.