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Global Spatial Data Infrastructure

Spatial Data Infrastructures support global access to earth sciences and ecosystems information. 

Spatial Data Infrastructures support global access to geographic information. This is achieved through the coordinated actions of nations and organizations that promote awareness and implementation of complimentary policies, common standards, and effective mechanisms for the development and availability of interoperable digital geographic data and technologies. These actions encompass the policies, organizational remits, data, technologies, standards, delivery mechanisms, and financial and human resources necessary to ensure that those working at the global and regional scale are not impeded in meeting their objectives. 

USGS Mission Tie In:

All disciplines within the USGS as well as throughout federal, state, and local governments require the use of georeferenced information for decision support. All USGS disciplines collect, archive, and share scientific information. Using common standards and interoperable systems and techniques saves valuable resources by eliminating or reducing duplication. All the disciplines work globally, and it is typically critical to obtain project-related information and data that can be georeferenced, and to exchange data with scientists around the world. 


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