C1: Oral Presentation C Thursday, 10:30 11:00 am C Lake Superior Ballroom L

Status of The National Map

Kari J. Craun
U.S. Geological Survey
1400 Independence Road
Rolla, MO  65401

In January 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Associate Director for Geography chartered a study to determine how to address evolving needs for current basic spatial data and maps. The result of that study was a vision for the USGS, working with partners, to provide the Nation with current, accurate, and nationally consistent basic spatial data, including digital data and derived topographic maps by the year 2010. The National Map is proposed as a database of continually maintained basic spatial data for the United States and its territories that would serve as the Nation's topographic map for the 21st century. Improvements to current USGS maps and digital data would include greatly increased attention to keeping the information current, seamless national digital data coverage to avoid problems now caused by map boundaries, higher resolution and positional accuracy where needed to better support field operations, better data integration to improve the usefulness of the data, and increased reliance on partnerships and commercially available data. A report introducing The National Map concept was made widely available on April 26, 2001. Comments were invited from a broad range of stakeholders throughout the public, private, and academic sectors. These comments were due to the USGS by June 29, 2001. This presentation will provide a summary of comments received and initial plans and implementation steps for The National Map.