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Central GIS & Information Management

Project Contact

Greg Lee
Phone: 303-236-2491
Email: glee@usgs.gov

Project Objectives

The most important objective of this project is to provide geographic information systems (GIS) and information management support to the Central Region Mineral and Environmental Resources and Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Centers and to conduct specialized GIS tasks that are not directly related to other program projects. The project will provide basic services required by science center projects, including GIS support, GIS Laboratory development and maintenance (software and hardware), and contracting support. Support also includes helping staff and projects comply with USGS publication requirements for digital map products. The project will also provide leadership for implementing and supporting National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) requirements, especially those related to metadata.

A second objective is to supply the teams with shared, full-featured hardware/software infrastructure to provide robust GIS, scientific visualization, modeling, and map production capabilities. The project also supports a shared GIS laboratory with workstations, digitizers, large-format color scanner, server-based and locally-installed GIS and graphics software (including ArcGIS, ARC/INFO, ERDAS IMAGINE, and DGI EarthVision), and a CD-ROM spatial data library. The project has the following defined tasks: (1) Project Management, (2) GIS Support and Information Management, (3) GIS Laboratory Services, and (4) Research and Development.


Tasks

Project Management

The objectives of this task are to oversee the other GIS and Information Management project tasks and to act as liaison with respect to other client projects within the Central Region Mineral and Environmental Resources (CMERSC) and Crustal Imaging and Characterization (CICT) Science Centers. An additional objective is to ensure that major shared GIS and 3D modeling software infrastructure is maintained for shared use among CMERSC and CICT personnel.

GIS Support and Information Management

Geographic information systems support and information management are critical for various projects of the Central Mineral and Environmental Resources and Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Centers. Project data integration, analysis, modeling, and products depend on this support. The most important aspect of this task is to provide GIS and information management support to other projects within the Central Mineral and Environmental Resources and Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Centers. In addition, the task supports unforeseen "drop-in business" such as providing application or modeling support, map or poster production, instruction, scanning, digitizing, assisting in metadata formulation, servicing requests for information acquisition tasks, helping staff or projects develop digitizing contracts, or supporting users with regard to GIS or related software. This task also provides leadership for implementing and supporting National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) requirements, especially those related to metadata.

GIS Laboratory Services

This task provides, maintains, and manages the Central Mineral and Environmental Resources (CMERSC) and Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry (CGGSC) Science Centers' GIS laboratory, an effective shared working environment for not only permanent or temporary GIS and information management support staff, but also for other CMERSC and CGGSC project members. The common use facilities are in a centralized laboratory that can accommodate multiple concurrent users. Workstations provide a variety of up-to-date capabilities for GIS and scientific visualization, CD-ROM production, digitizing, large format color scanning, and data and image format conversion.

Research and Development

The purpose of this task is to provide a vehicle for research and development of expertise in new and innovative methods for utilizing GIS and scientific visualization and modeling applications for integration, interpretation, and display of geoscientific data. These approaches may include, but are not limited to 3-dimensional geologic and geochemical modeling and visualization, web-based interactive presentations, video displays, multiple data layer integration methods, and predictive modeling.


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