25-29 May 2015 lisbon congress center, portugal
Bio & Abstract

Ivan B. DeLoatch
Executive Director
Federal Geographic Data Committee
U.S. Geological Survey

Mr. Ivan B. DeLoatch serves as the Executive Director for the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Secretariat, which supports the FGDC and its responsibilities. The FGDC leads and supports the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Strategy and spatial data policy development in the United States (U.S.). The FGDC also coordinates with international organizations having an interest in National or Global Spatial Data Infrastructures (GSDI). Mr. DeLoatch has over thirty years of experience in environmental and geospatial program policy serving at all levels of government and the private sector. He has served in many leadership roles on interagency and international committees addressing geospatial and earth observation technical and policy issues in the use and coordination of geospatial data and information. Mr. DeLoatch currently serves on the GSDI Board of Directors, and Co-chair of the GEO Infrastructure Implementation Board. In addition, he was one of the principle authors of the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bowie State University in the University of Maryland System.

GEOSS and Its Current Stakeholders – A Government’s View

The Federal Geographic Data Committee has the responsibility for implementing the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and it is now implementing the concept through its National Geospatial Platform – a Presidential initiative supporting its Open Data Policy and provides a data portal for US Federal agencies and their partners to address their mission and business needs. The GeoPlatform provides search and discovery capabilities for geospatial data and services and hosts thematic community pages for managing core datasets and is supported by a common catalog shared with our national data.gov effort. This common catalog forms a basis to publish US assets - from federal, state, local, and academic data sources - to the GEOSS catalog. This catalog containing ISO 19115 metadata is synchronized with individual agency metadata collections around the US and processed into a single virtual collection storage for rapid search. Metadata typically include links to enable direct download or visualization of Earth Observation data. The national catalog is registered with GEOSS and its resources can be accessed via the GEOSS Portal supporting the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles. This presentation will document our experience in publishing national geospatial data to GEOSS.