Sub Committees and Working Group Activities Historical Data Working Group Presented by Brett Abrams NARA
Historical Data Working Group • promotes the awareness of the historical dimension to geospatial data which have been financed in whole or part by Federal funds. • facilitates maintaining historically valuable geospatial data and making it available to future generations.
Historical Data Working Group Accomplishments FY 05 • Expand group membership among and beyond the Feds. • New and additional members from the EPA, DOE (Sandia Labs), FSA (Aerial Photography Field Office) • Private Sector Members include: universities, non-profit organizations, and consultants
Historical Data Working Group Team Members • USGS, Eros Data Center • FSA, Aerial Photography Office • NARA, DOJ, EPA, DOE • San Diego Supercomputing Center • CIESIN (Columbia University), NC State University Library • Boze Allen Hamilton
Historical Data Working GroupCurrent Activities • Increase Intragroup Communication + Developed Wiki Site: has Discussion Section and Library with papers and presentations related to preserving geospatial data + Steve Morris, NC State Digital Librarian presentation on challenges of preserving geospatial data at NARA in December.
Historical Data Working GroupCurrent Activities • Steve Morris’s Activities: • Work with North Carolina geospatial producers (state, county and local governments) to ingest data and metadata for all counties in the state • Engage existing state/federal geospatial data infrastructures in preservation
Historical Data Working GroupCurrent Activities • Program at ESRI Federal Users Conference • Explain Geographical Markup Language v.3 and Simple Features Profiles • Complexity, variability in some of its elements and schemas not being part of “bundle” make it questionable for archival purposes
FY 07 • Increase awareness of issues and provide business cases to promote building of community with interest in archiving geospatial data • Proposed session at ESRI International Conference
Assistance • What are the historically significant GIS data in your agency? • Who are the individuals responsible for saving the data? • Send emails to Brett.Abrams@NARA.gov