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(The importance of the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure to Homeland Security)
Alan R. StevensŽ
US Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Secretariat
US Department of the Interior
International Program Manager,
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The confidence that citizens have in their governance and its efforts to avert future tragedies might improve by understanding the role that geographic information and related spatial technologies played in bringing order to the chaos. Moreover, these technologies directly assist government and industry planning for homeland security, critical infrastructure assurance, and other public health and safety challenges. The US Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) was instituted in the early 1990s to encourage and promote the used and development of common standards and interoperable systems and techniques for any agency/organization/company that collects, processes, archives, and shares its digital geographic data and/or information. This leads to better governance and collaboration among federal agencies from simple principals like collect data once; use it many times. Significant benefits accrue to the private sector because data generated by diverse systems can now be interrelated without requiring major duplicative resource investments..
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Dr Stevens joined the FGDC in 2001 as the International Program Manager and principal support for the GSDI Secretariat. The FGDC provides the Secretariat staff support for the technology working group, outreach activities, policy development, conference management, web services, and other efforts as required. Alan received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 in Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in Photogrammetry, remote sensing, and forestry. He held many responsible mapping, remote sensing, research, business management, and partnership leadership positions in the Tennessee Valley Authority and the US Geological Survey (USGS) for 33 years including management of the International program for the National Mapping Program of the USGS. Al and his wife, Dr Karen Stevens, volunteer to help families of chemically dependant adolescents.