Arctic SDI Pilot Demonstration

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Geospatial data – a tool for better informed decisions and more efficient administration of the Arctic.

Pan-Arctic Map of Thermokarst
Pan-Arctic Map of Thermokarst(Public domain.)

The USGS, Natural Resources Canada and the Open Geospatial Consortium invite you to the final demonstration of the OGC Arctic Spatial Data Pilot, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 10am  - 12:30 pm (Eastern Time). The presentation will be held at the USGS Auditorium, Reston, VA and also via WebEx.

The ArcticSDP, an 18 month study, was initiated to demonstrate the diversity, richness and value of providing geospatial data using international standards in support of spatial data infrastructures. It will show how they help stakeholders to gain new perspectives into social, economic, and environmental issues by providing an online network of resources that improves the sharing, use, and integration of information tied to geographic locations in North America, the Arctic, and around the world.

The Pilot is organized by the OGC and is being sponsored by the Federal Geographic Data Committee and the USGS National Geospatial Program along with Natural Resources Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation. The Pilot is being conducted in support of US and Canada domestic priorities around open standards and interoperability. The Arctic SDI is based on a memorandum of understanding involving the eight Arctic countries' national mapping agencies. Countries involved: Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Canada and the United States,

The March 15 demonstration will feature an overview of Arctic SDI and USGS Alaska mapping priorities, by Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director, USGS Core Science Systems and the Canadian perspective from Prashant Shukle, Director General, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, Natural Resources Canada. The Pilot demonstration will follow.


Agenda & Logistics

Pilot Background

Arctic SDI Fact Sheet

Caribou herd traveling on snow.
Caribou herd traveling on snow. Photo by Sergey Krasnoshchokov, Shutterstock.(Public domain.)