Infrastructure Gets a C from COGO

Former governor says U.S. spatial data leadership has slipped.

The nation’s spatial data infrastructure gets a barely passing grade of “C” indicating it “requires attention,” former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY) reported on February 23.

Speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Geringer said the national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), a series of current maps and geographic information envisioned by an Executive Order issued by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is “not complete and not well governed” and called for a “move into a coordinated and integrated data set.”

Now the director of policy and public sector strategies at GIS software firm Esri, Geringer, who served as Wyoming governor from 1995 to 2003, is chair of an expert panel convened by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) to evaluate the NSDI.

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