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Title: Finding and accessing spatial data in the National Spatial Data Infrastructure
Author(s): Domaratz, Michael
Subject(s): Geographic Information Systems (GIS) National Spatial Data Infrastructure
Abstract: Information about where a thing is or where an event takes place is an important factor in decisionmaking in both the public and private sectors. Spatial data provide a unique context for integrating disparate observations and evaluating competing options. Factors of location, distance, pathways, and other spatial relationships often must be considered when making decisions about economic ventures, environmental and health concerns, responses to emergencies, and other issues. Public and private sector organizations have quickly realized the usefulness ofspatial data in their activities. The nation spends billions of dollars annually on just the collection, management, and dissemination of spatial data. Difficulties in finding and accessing data, and a lack of data documentation, hinder the spatial data community 's efforts to work together and leverage this large investment. Through the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations cooperate to develop consistent, reliable means to share spatial data.
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Domaratz, M. (1996) Finding and accessing spatial data in the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. In L.C.Smith and M.Gluck (eds) Geographic information systems and libraries: patrons, maps, and spatial information : [papers presented at the 1995 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1995]: 31-40.
Series/Report: Geographic information systems and libraries: patrons, maps, and spatial information [papers presented at the 1995 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1995]
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/406
ISBN: 0878450971
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by This paper is exempt from United States copyright because it is authored by a US Governemnt employee.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-03-20
 

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