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"GIS Day" and Preserving Geospatial Data

Ithaca, NY On November 16, 2011 geographic and geospatial information systems (GIS) are recognized as key aspects of our scientific, scholarly, and cultural heritage by more than 80 countries on "GIS Day." This global event is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, The Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Esri.

The celebration of GIS Day is an ideal time to reflect on the importance of preserving geospatial data. Those interested in finding information and tools on how to preserve and manage geospatial data and related resources may be interested in the Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center:

Information on the web site enables discovery of resources for education and training, tools and software, and information on policies and benefits of geospatial data preservation. It also contains quick links for data managers, system developers, and researchers. Visitors to the web site can search or browse for online or downloadable applications, articles, reports, standards, and tutorials about the preservation and stewardship of data, maps, and related materials that contain geospatial information. Resources on the web site also are organized within several topics relevant to digital data stewardship, including appraisal and selection, digitized maps, GIS, satellite imagery, and virtual environments.

The development and management of the Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center web site is sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) of the Library of Congress.

With thanks to Bob Downs, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Earth Institute