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The National Map Comes to Florida

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Barbara Ryan and Julia Giller
Above: Barbara Ryan (left) and Julia Giller (seated) explain how The National Map was created.

Barbara Ryan, Associate Director of Geography for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), gave a presentation about The National Map at the Bentley Empowered Conference, sponsored by the Bentley Institute and held in Orlando, FL, on May 24-26. The title of Barbara's presentation was "The National Map—from Mapping to Geography." The same presentation was also given at New England's Geospatial Information Summit in May.

The Bentley Institute has a large international and domestic engineering customer base, and the recent conference had approximately 2,000 attendees. An international magazine journalist, interested in a story about The National Map, spoke with Barbara about the magazine's readership and asked her to submit an article. Employees working for the Florida Department of Transportation and other State agencies around the country were eager to learn about The National Map and how they could contribute to the project. At the USGS exhibit, Julia Giller and Jennifer Oates used a laptop computer to demonstrate the capabilities of The National Map.

Available online, The National Map provides a consistent framework for geographic knowledge needed by the Nation. It provides public access to high-quality geospatial data and information from multiple partners to help support decisionmaking by resource managers and the public. The USGS is working to build long-term partnerships to identify needs for base geographic data, sharing and maintaining data, ensuring data access, developing tools and standards, research, and applications. The eight priority layers for the USGS are (1) digital ortho-imagery, (2) elevation and bathymetry, (3) hydrography, (4) transportation, (5) structures, (6) geographic names, (7) land cover, and (8) administrative boundaries.

Partners include Federal, State, tribal, regional, and local governments, the private-industry sector, universities, and libraries. National Dataset Partners include TerraServer USA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s Land Survey Information System, the USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)'s National Wetlands Inventory.

For more information about The National Map, visit the The National Map Web site.

Related Web Sites
The National Map
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
TerraServer USA
Microsoft and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
U.S. Department of Defense
Land Survey Information System
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse
U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Wetlands Inventory
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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The National Map Comes to Florida

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