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The Journey to Enterprise GIS in the USDA Forest Service


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The Journey to Enterprise GIS in the USDA Forest Service

  1. 1. Moving Toward Enterprise GIS in the USDA Forest Service Susan J. DeLost USDA Forest Service Washington, D.C. Image Courtesy of NGA
  2. 2. USDA Forest Service History <ul><li>Established by Congress in 1905 as an agency in the Department of Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>60 Forest Reserves covering 56 million acres </li></ul>“ Caring for the Land and Serving People” “ To provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run.”
  3. 3. Forest Service Organization <ul><li>National Headquarters in Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>National Forest System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 Regional Offices, 155 National Forests (600 Ranger Districts) and 20 Grasslands in 41 states and Puerto Rico </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages 191 million acres of public land </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 stations, 50 field offices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State and Private Forestry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire & Aviation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forest Health Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International Programs </li></ul>30,000 employees nationwide No NF lands in MA, CT, RI, NJ, DE, MD, IA, HI or DC
  4. 4. Geospatial information is used every day across the Forest Service… <ul><li>Forest planning </li></ul><ul><li>Forest heath protection </li></ul><ul><li>Watershed restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Fire </li></ul><ul><li>Disturbance processes </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul>
  5. 5. History of Enterprise GIS in the Forest Service <ul><li>1980’s, Pre-eGIS era: GIS on a project-by-project basis, studies and reports (e.g. National GIS Plan) </li></ul><ul><li>1990’s, eGIS First Steps: Project 615, 1999 Baltimore workshop </li></ul><ul><li>2000’s, eGIS Progress: Vision and Strategy, Implementation, Focus Areas </li></ul>
  6. 6. Geospatial Executive Board Established in 1999 Charter “ Ensure that Forest Service geospatial policies, programs, and related activities are coordinated, compatible, integrated, and responsive to FS business needs”
  7. 7. <ul><li>HQ Staff Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Oversight and Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate vision for an enterprise-wide FS geospatial environment </li></ul><ul><li>Geospatial Advisory Committee </li></ul>Geospatial Executive Board
  8. 8. Charter “ Identify, monitor, and address issues regarding the state of FS geospatial programs and activities” Geospatial Advisory Committee
  9. 9. <ul><li>28 Members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chairperson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rotating Members, 3-year term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standing Members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secretary (non-voting member) </li></ul></ul>Geospatial Advisory Committee
  10. 10. Geospatial Advisory Committee Focus Areas <ul><li>Vision and Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Technology A rchitecture Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Training and Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized Geospatial Data </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate and Share Standardized Data </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination of National Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping Requirements, Generation and Delivery </li></ul>
  11. 11. Goals/Accomplishments Vision and Strategy <ul><li>Updating the Vision and Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Goals through 2008 </li></ul>“ Quality Forest Service geospatial information is routinely available to internal and external customers for efficient use”
  12. 12. Goals/Accomplishments Technology A rchitecture Coordination <ul><li>FS Enterprise Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Image Compression </li></ul><ul><li>ArcSDE implementation plan </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic ArcGIS Implementation Plan </li></ul>
  13. 13. Goals/Accomplishments Training and Awareness <ul><li>Bi-annual Geospatial Workshop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FS/BLM, Phoenix, April 18-22, 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Centralized approach to Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New course development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line course catalogue and registration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~1300 FS employees participate yearly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centralized geospatial training website: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Goals/Accomplishments Standardized Geospatial Data <ul><li>FS GIS Data Dictionary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change management process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deputy Area GIS Data Administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot-test GIS Data Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resource Mapping Evaluation Toolset (RMET) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Goals/Accomplishments Standardized Geospatial Data Resource Mapping Evaluation Toolset (RMET) Inventory and Monitoring Program Plans (IMPP) Budget Formulation and Execution System (BFES) Performance Accountability System (PAS) Department OMB Budget Language Standards & Guidelines
  16. 16. Goals/Accomplishments Coordinate and Share Standardized Data There is a need to coordinate and share standardized data internally and externally with our partners
  17. 17. Goals/Accomplishments Coordinate and Share Standardized Data <ul><li>Interagency Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>FGDC-compliant Metadata </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line Users Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feature-level </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eFOIA Clarification </li></ul>
  18. 18. Goals/Accomplishments Coordinate and Share Standardized Data <ul><li>“ Serving Geospatial Data Over the Internet” (Draft Guidelines) </li></ul><ul><li>FS Geodata Clearinghouse </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Goals/Accomplishments Coordinate and Share Standardized Data <ul><li>The National Map </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Goals/Accomplishments Coordination of Natural Resource Applications
  21. 21. Goals/Accomplishments Coordination of Natural Resource Applications <ul><li>FSNRA* Geospatial Strategy and Tactical Plan </li></ul><ul><li>ArcGIS Implementation Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Geospatial Interface – “getting data out” </li></ul><ul><li>FSNRA Geodatabase Tactical Plan (draft) </li></ul><ul><li>* FSNRA = Forest Service Natural Resource Applications </li></ul>
  22. 22. Goals/Accomplishments Mapping requirements, generation and delivery <ul><li>Develop cartographic tools to produce standard maps from geographic datasets </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure GIS data and metadata will support cartographic requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard Symbology Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping Migration Team </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Fitting all of the pieces together As we move toward Enterprise GIS Tied to Ground Geospatial Interface Geospatial ‘ 05 ArcGIS Awareness & Training Map Products Metadata Geospatial One-Stop Data Acquisition Standardized Data Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Vision National Applications Data Access Serving Data Remote Sensing ‘ 04 Geospatial ‘ 03 eGIS Location Location Location Remote Sensing ‘ 06 RMET
  24. 24. Standard Map Products Data Stewardship Fire, Mortality, Insect/Disease Invasive Species Forest Planning Geospatial Vision & Strategy Business Requirements FS Business Habitat Fragmentation Data Access Geospatial Activities Enterprise GIS To Meet FS Business Needs Unmanaged Recreation Urban Interface Tied to Ground eGIS Healthy Forests Homeland Security -Serving Data -Metadata -Training & Awareness -GI Getting Our Job Done -ArcGIS -FGDC Seamless National Applications -Carto Tools -Data Dictionary
  25. 25. Questions?