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1 USDA Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) April 28, 2009 Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth April 28, 2009 Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

2 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update - Introduction Presented by: Rick Ullrich Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

3 US Forest Service A New Century of Caring for the Land and Serving People..Healthy forests …multiple sustainable use… 1905: 60 Forest Reserves covering 56 million acres 2009: 155 National Forests and Grasslands covering 193 million acres To provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run. – Gifford Pinchot, 1 st Chief Gail Kimbell 16 th Chief

4 Healthy Geospatial Foundations: 1999 Geometronics & GIS Workshop in Baltimore... Resulted in the establishment of the Geospatial Executive Board (GEB) and Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth In 2008, the Information Management Council (IMC) was chartered, replacing the GEB...

5 The US Forest Service (USFS) Information Management Council (IMC) and Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) IMC is a key participant in developing and articulating a corporate vision for an enterprise information environment IMC draws on advisory committees (such as the GAC) representing a broad spectrum of FS business needs and administrative levels GAC provides critical support to the IMC on geospatial programs and activities Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

6 The US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee Required to develop, maintain and articulate a FS-wide Geospatial Strategy and Vision GAC members are responsible for supporting the GAC and IMC Charters and representing their Regions and Staffs GAC working groups, called Focus Areas, are established to address specific issues and develop recommendations Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

7 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

8 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update – Emerging Issues Team Presented by: Sue Preece Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

9 EIT Purpose EIT = Emerging Issues Team Provide support to the GAC on collecting, evaluating, and addressing emerging geospatial issues that may impact the FS business. Develop a Strategy That Will Provide: Recommendations on which issues should be addressed by GAC Timely response on very short term (moth or less) issues Recommendations on dissemination of issues to GAC Suggest the creation of new focus areas or task teams

10 EIT Purpose Cont… EIT is not a GAC Focus Area Provides guidance to all focus areas on intake, evaluation, priority, and assignment of issues

11 EIT Scope Provides recommendations on broad geospatial issues Not a substitute for functional management groups Focus Areas, Task Teams, etc. Develop criteria that limit the number and type of issues to be addressed

12 EIT Responsibilities In Support of the GAC the EIT Will: Implement a means for issues to be brought to the GAC Generate criteria to rapidly evaluate the relevance of geospatial issues Do they require further action by the GAC? Organize a rapid response team when needed Quick turn around issues Provide feedback to the originators of issues on resolutions

13 EIT Structure Team Structure 5-7 members Requires focused effort, short rotation of members

14 EIT Accomplishments/Status Team is now fully functional Developed a Process for Capturing Issues: Anyone can submit issues to GAC members Some basic level of filtering by GAC members GAC members submit issues to the EIT EIT meets and reviews issues EIT works with GAC to assign issues Focus areas and Task Teams GAC works on issue Results Reported Back to Submitter

15 EIT Workflow Initiator Fits in focusArea? EntryPointTeam Focus Area Team TaskTeam Yes NONONONO Rapidresponseneeded? QuickResponseTeam TaskTeam Geospatial Advisory Committee Yes NONONONO Focus Area returns issue Recommendation to GAC Chair Not A GAC Issue GAC Issue

16 EIT Workflow Details Capturing Issues SourceForge (Need an Account) Word Template

17 EIT Workflow Details Tracking Issues SourceForge (FS Employees have view access) cts.gac_emerging_issues/tracker.issues

18 What you can do to help? Bring significant geospatial issues to the attention of a GAC member GAC members will work with you to get your issues to the EIT

19 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

20 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update Forest Service Geospatial Strategy Presented by: Barry Napier

21 Background Work on the Forest Service Geospatial Strategy was initiated in 2002 as a Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Area activity The Strategy was accepted by the Geospatial Executive Board in January 2005 Today, GAC is evaluating the requirements for the next Geospatial Strategy

22 Vision Goals Elements of the Geospatial Strategy Objectives

23 Vision Quality Forest Service geospatial information is current, adheres to government standards, is developed collaboratively, and is routinely available for use by internal and external customers

24 Goals 1.Standardized geospatial data are acquired to meet agency business requirements and data quality is assured by responsible stewardship and administration. 2.Geospatial applications work together so that users can easily access, update, query, and analyze the data within them.

25 Goals 3.Forest Service geospatial data are easily located and used by internal and external customers. 4.Quality standard map products are easily produced and can be customized to meet the needs of internal and external customers. 5.The Forest Service is proactively engaged with partners in the development of geospatial data and information sharing.

26 Objectives Each objective has performance measures. Each objective has associated means and methods (task statements).

27 Creating a New Geospatial Strategy Improve ties to the Forest Service Strategic Plan and immediate business goals. Include additional geospatial program and activity areas. Measure, evaluate, and report accomplishments.

28 Creating a New Geospatial Strategy Establish and administer a change management process. Determine the roles and responsibilities of the GAC and the newly formed Geospatial Management Office in governance of the Strategic Plan. Better connect with all Forest Service stakeholders.

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30 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

31 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update – Geospatial Training and Awareness Presented by: Robin Carroll Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

32 Geospatial Training and Awareness FY09 Plan Planned Expenditures for FY09 Item Planned Costs Courses$390,000 Activities$186,000 TOTAL $576,000 Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

33 Planned FY09 Courses Planned Costs Update Intro to ArcGIS 9.2 to 9.3$ 30,845 Intermediate ArcGIS 9.3$ 25,000 GIS Visualization for Planning and Analysis$ 95,000 Using WMS, WCS, and ArcGIS Server$ 24,000 Using Imagine Objective$ 26,000 Apollo – Phase 1$ 22,000 Using Orange (module)$ 13,000 Teach 3 ArcGIS Geodatabase Courses$ 30,000 Teach ArcGIS & Develop Map Tool Course$114,000 Develop miscellaneous Tutorials$ 7,005 Instructor Certification (ArcGIS I, II, III)$ 3,150 Sub-Total $390,000 Geospatial Training and Awareness FY09 Plan

34 Planned FY09 Activities Planned Costs Geotraining Website maintenance $40,000 Course Administration $30,000 Mobile Lab Upgrades and Maintenance $31,000 Computer Lab & Training Rm. Maintenance $25,000 Geospatial Conference $60,000 Sub-Total $186,000 Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

35 Geospatial Training and Awareness Website Information Information for 10/01/08 to 3/20/09 ONLY Number of visits to the website16,479 Unique visitors to the website 4,464 Number of participants in: Instructor Led and On-line courses 1,383 On-line Tutorials 3,932 Web Conferencing Courses 558 Virtual Campus Total number of courses47 (current) Total completed courses3,296 out of 5,679 (58% completion – since beginning)

36 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

37 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update – Technology and Architecture Coordination Presented by: Andy Peavy Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

38 Technology and Architecture Coordination ArcGIS Version Management Coordination Version release scheduling Service Pack management Tools, extensions Version retirement scheduling Desktop GIS configuration Data Center GIS Configuration Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

39 Technology and Architecture Coordination GIS Hardware Contract Desktop for GIS Users Laptop for GIS Users Plotters etc. Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

40 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

41 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update – Standard Forest Service Data Presented by: Michael Braymen Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

42 GIS Data Dictionary Update Project

43 Data Dictionary 2003 to 2006 Vintage standards Coverage model Oracle views Word Documents and PDF files 2008 Vintage Standards Geodatabase model XML Documents

44 Data Dictionary Our contract with ourselves for data standards Attribute standards and domain value standards widely referenced Adherence to data standard is a safe bet

45 Project Objective #1 Update the Current GIS Data Dictionary for I-Web and NRIS supported themes: geodatabase designs new or changed attributes Document the transactional and published versions

46 Vintage 2008 Themes: Activities Cultural (heritage) RMU TESP and Invasives Transportation Wildlife Sites

47 Themes with Updates in Process: Geology Geomorphology Recreation Soil Resource Inventory (SRI) Terrestrial Ecological Unit (TEU) Water

48 Project Objective #2 Create a Data Dictionary database management tool to facilitate future updates XML database integrated with ArcCatalog FGDC metadata engine

49 Metadata Templates Long-time GAC objective Template production is integrated with Data Dictionary/Metadata production

50 Metadata Stylesheet

51 In the Future???? Maintaining the Forest Service Data Dictionary is part to the Geospatial Management Office (GMO) program. The GAC and the Standard Forest Service Data focus area address other aspects of managing data.

52 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

53 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update – Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Presented by: Dave George Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

54 Recent Activity Enterprise Image Services update Image Server ArcServer ERDAS Apollo and Titan Implementation FSGeodata Clearinghouse update

55 Enterprise Image Services Various access methods: FS intranet – Image Server through ArcMAP client, v9.2/v9.3 Available to NITC Apps through Citrix ArcServer, providing Image Server access for Web Map Services (WMS), ArcIMS and HTML web services Now supporting specialized applications: NIFC and the WFDSS application MODIS Active Fire Map, internet ArcIMS access FIA and FHTET enhanced access needs ArcGIS Explorer (3D Globe viewing) Access & Specialized Applications

56 Enterprise Image Services Imagery: NWS – 1 meter color (Continental US) eSAT – 15 meter color (Continental US and Alaska) MODIS – Blue Marble – 1 kilometer (North America) Various high resolution datasets (by request) Maps: Continental US, Alaska and Puerto Rico 1:24k, 1:100k, and 1:250k eTOPO (old DRGs) All current Softcopy produced by GSTC (FSTopo soon) All current Secondary Base Series produced by GSTC Terrain: 200, 90, 30, and 10 meter Shaded Relief (Continental US) 30 and 10 meter Aspect (Continental US) 60 meter Shaded Relief (Alaska) List of Services

57 Enterprise Image Services Services have been in operation since 2006 Virtually continuous operation Well over 250 TB of data available Image Server client access: Average 2,630 client connections per day (business days) Average daily output across the network – 41,600 compressed images /day or 14.5 GBs Approaching 1,000,000 connections or 60,000 users per year Statistics

58 ERDAS Apollo and Titan Implementation Apollo Catalog is in work Enterprise Processing, Display and Download of Clearinghouse Raster Data Features Enterprise Image Processing Clip, Zip & Ship Web Services - WMS, WCS, WPS, WFS… ERDAS Titan Under Development Image collaboration tool Integrates various catalogs – local and enterprise Exports KML to Globe applications

59 FS Geodata Clearinghouse Functionality Improvements Feature delivery will be synchronized with the FSTopo database Update metadata engine Now the source site for State and Private Forestry Assessment data (S&PF Redesign Initiative) Functionality Improvements

60 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

61 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update – Forest Service Application Coordination Presented by: Greg Enstrom Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

62 FS Applications Application Development Tabular/spatial data types & appearances Interface appearances User support (e.g. BASE tickets) Cross-application Interactions WHAT actually gets coordinated?

63 NRIS Modules Air Aquatic Surveys FSVeg FSVeg_Spatial Inventory & Monitoring National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) Rangeland Inventory & Monitoring Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species (TES) – Invasive Species Water Uses Tracking (WUT) Watershed Improvement Tracking (WIT) Wildlife Analytical tools for: Corporate Data Warehouse Data Cleaning (DX) Geospatial Interface (GI) INFORMS Portable Data Recorders (PDR) Task Assistant & Task Manager TAXA

64 TIM/FACTS Modules Inputing NEPA related information for timber programs Timber management planning Accomplishment reporting Timber Sale Permits & Contracts Timber Sale Accomplishments Reforestation Needs Timber Stand Improvement information Forest Activity information Invasive Species activities Vegetative Treatments Stewardship contracting information Bio-mass & Bio Energy information Fire planning information TIM/FACTS also interfaces with USDA systems including FFIS, TSA, NFPORS, and PAS

65 Infra Modules Engineering: inventory & conditions of all constructed features (buildings, bridges, dams, roads, culverts, water systems, waste water systems) Rangeland Management Lands Recreation Sites Heritage Resources Minerals and Geology Management Wilderness Wild and Scenic Rivers Special Uses Acquisition Management – Grants and Agreements Real Property Management including generating all Forest Service data for the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) Infra also interfaces with USDA systems including FAADS, FFIS and CPAIS

66 Issues Influencing Whats Ahead! 1.Agency security requirements and OCIO security initiatives 2.Business area applications and tools at NITC 3.Data center trends & performance considerations 4.Program & Steering Teams priorities 5.Web conversions 6.Tools for data access and analysis, including Geospatial Interface and published geodatabases for easy query, extracts, and mapping alone or with other FS resource databases 7.Rapidly expanding user base 8.Integration with other federal applications/web-based efforts as they too continue to evolve e.g. NASIS & NatureServe

67 Forest Service Applications Are there any new issues we need to deal with…?

68 Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Focus Areas Emerging Issues Team (new) Geospatial Strategy Geospatial Training and Awareness Technology and Architecture Coordination Standard Forest Service Data Coordinate and Share Geospatial Data Forest Service Application Coordination Cartography Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

69 US Forest Service Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Activities Update – Cartography Presented by: Joe Calderwood Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

70 GAC Focus Area - Cartography Focus Area Leader Joe Calderwood Team Members: Dave Crockett Lisa McBride Robin Carroll Susan DeLost Betsy Kanalley The Regional Geospatial Group Leaders Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

71 Focus Area – Cartography Objectives Identify issues and make recommendations relating to the use of FS corporate systems and geospatial data for cartographic purposes cartographic standards symbology assess or develop cartographic tools to produce standard maps from geographic datasets map production and printing Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

72 Recent Accomplishments Developed MPS Atlas Carto-Tools product Transferred to GSTC as an operational product Will maintain the product and develop templates as needed (e.g. Motor Vehicle Use Map) Software is available in Carto-Tools link at the GSTC website Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

73 Clearinghouse for Standard Symbology Project Objective: Make a wide variety of standard symbols readily available Gather symbology sets across principal FS resource and mapping functional areas Develop a web based clearinghouse to serve standard symbol sets and style files for: PBS and SBS standard map symbology and international symbols Timber and Range standard symbology ALP ICS Fire Mapping symbology Others? Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

74 Clearinghouse for Standard Symbology Project (cont.) Review quality of symbols and post them in style sets Develop metadata for search and distribution Make standard symbols available at the Enterprise Data Center To send symbols to be included in the Library contact Gary Nebeker at: Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

75 Standard Fonts Project Objective: Make fonts required by mapping standards available to all users through the FS Image Eliminate the need to purchase non-corporate fonts to comply with mapping standards Make maps portable to all computers with the FS computer image Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

76 Standard Fonts Project (cont.) Identified fonts required in mapping specifications that are not in the FS Image. Developed a crosswalk from current mapping specifications to fonts available in the corporate FS Image. Revise the cartographic standards in EM , chapter 2. If you want to participate on the team reviewing the fonts and specifications, contact Joe Calderwood at: Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth

77 Acknowledgements Betsy Kanalley – WO GMO Joan Steber – R5 Bob Malcolm – R2 Joe Calderwood – R10 Tamara R Hocut – R8 Susan Ruzicka – R6/ALP team Gary Nebeker – GSTC Dave Crockett – GSTC Cathy McGrath – R6 Steve Winward – R4 Kevin Kolb – R6 Ron Gendreau – WO CIO Michael A Braymen – EDC Lisa McBride – WO FACTS, TIM and Infra- Range Healthy Forests ~ Healthy Lands ~ Healthy Earth Participants on the Symbol and Font Team this past year

78 Thank you for your participation in G09! Your Input Is Important: Next week, you will receive an with a link to the post-G09 survey. Your responses will help us to plan future conferences!

79 Questions? For additional information about the Forest Services Geospatial Advisory Committee, go to:


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