The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an interagency committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis.
FGDC offers three funding programs:
1. Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) for projects that will establish clearinghouses to find and access geo-spatial data, develop standards related to geographic data, implement educational programs to increase awareness and understanding of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and build or strengthen relationships among organizations to support digital geographic data coordination.
2. Framework Demonstration Projects Program (FDPP) that supports efforts to implement and test the data, technology, and organizational aspects of the framework. Consortia propose projects in which their members work together to produce, maintain, and disseminate framework data needed for national, regional, state, and local analyses.
3. The Natioinal Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Benefits program funds cooperative projects that assess the impact of inter-organizational cooperation and data sharing to address important issues or solve problems over a particular geographic area. Projects may focus on environmental, economic, social, or cultural problems.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC