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GeoData.gov Provides Gateway to Geospatial Resources
The first release of GeoData.gov, a new public gateway to maps, geospatial data, and resources, was launched as part of Geospatial One-Stop, one of the President's E-Government initiatives. GeoData.gov, launched by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Interior, features "one-stop" access to geospatial information and resources and allows multiple users in different locations to share information, while integrating data from many sources. It also allows easy searches for existing and planned data with a goal of "two clicks to content."
Geospatial One-Stop is one of 24 e-government initiatives sponsored by the OMB to enhance government efficiency and to improve citizen services. This portal will make it easier, faster, and less expensive for all levels of government and the public to access geospatial information. The GeoData.gov portal will accelerate the development and implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and includes state, local, and tribal governments, along with the private sector and academia as participants. Geographic information available through the gateway includes map images, map services, geographic datasets, geographic activities, spatial solutions, clearinghouses, and land references.
The site promotes collaboration and streamlining across government jurisdictions. Work on a second iteration of the portal with enhanced functionality and alignment with the Federal Enterprise Architecture is already underway. As an integral part of the President's Management Agenda, the e-government initiatives make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the government, save taxpayer dollars, and streamline citizen-to-government transactions. For more information on each of the e-government initiatives, visit http://www.egov.gov.
Source: Office of Management and Budget
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