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Sheet1 Page 1 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For Immediate Release April 11, 1994 EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - * COORDINATING GEOGRAPHIC DATA ACQUISITION AND ACCESS: THE NATIONAL SPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURE * Geographic information is critical to promote economic development, improve our stewardship of natural resources, and protect the environment. Modern technology now permits improved acquisition, distribution, and utilization of geographic (or geospatial) data and mapping. The National Performance Review has recommended that the executive branch develop, in cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments, and the private sector, a coordinated National Spatial Data Infrastructure to support public and private sector applications of geospatial data in such areas as transportation, community development, agriculture, emergency response, environmental management, and information technology. NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America implement the recommendations of the National Performance Review advance the goals of the National Information Infrastructure avoid wasteful duplication of effort and promote effective and economical management of resources by Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, it is ordered as follows: * Section 1. Definitions. * (a) "National Spatial Data Infrastructure" ("NSDI") means the technology, policies, standards, and human resources necessary to acquire, process, store, distribute, and improve utilization of geospatial data.
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Sheet1 Page 2 (b) "Geospatial data" means information that identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the earth. This information may be derived from, among other things, remote sensing, mapping, and surveying technologies. Statistical data may be included in this definition at the discretion of the collecting agency. (c) The "National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse" means a distributed network of geospatial data producers, managers, and users linked electronically. ** *Sec. 2. Executive Branch Leadership for Development of the Coordinated National Spatial Data Infrastructure. * ** (a) The Federal Geographic Data Committee ("FGDC"), established by the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") Circular No. A-16 ("Coordination of Surveying, Mapping, and Related Spatial Data Activities") and chaired
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