US National Data Infrastructure’s grade rises from C to B-

February 5, 2019  - By 0 Comments

COGO releases 2018 Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)

Cover of the 2018 Report Card. Image: Coalition of Geospatial Organizations

Image: Coalition of Geospatial Organizations

The U.S. National Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is improving with broader expertise, according to an assessment by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO).

The NSDI’s grade rose from a C in the 2015 Report Card to a B- in the 2018 Report Card. The improved overall grades reflect a broadened base of experts and government organizations involved in the assessment, as well as an expanded set of assessment metrics, according to COGO.

The report card uses a letter grading system to depict the status and condition of the nation’s geospatial infrastructure. The assessment measures NSDI’s ability to meet future geospatial data, based on address, cadastral, elevation, geodetic control, government units, hydrography, orthoimagery and transportation themes.

Chart: COGO, from 2018 Report Card.

Chart: COGO, from 2018 Report Card.

Objectives of the NSDI include:

  • reducing the duplication of effort and expense among agencies,
  • ensuring that geographic data is more accessible to the public,
  • improving the quality of national data, and
  • establishing key partnerships within the geospatial field.


“The new report card exemplifies that while progress has been made, federal, state, regional and local government agencies, tribal nations, and private and academic sectors need to continue to collaborate to complete this important work,” said NSGIC President Dan Ross. “NSGIC fully supports that collaboration and will continue to work with our members to support and move this initiative forward.”

COGO member organizations represent leaders in the geospatial field and collectively represent more than 170,000 individual members. Member organizations aim to engage Congress, federal agencies and the FGDC to maintain successful practices and develop improvements and solutions related to the NSDI.

The full 2018 Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure, along with the COGO executive summary, video webinar, and presentation slides can be found on the COGO website.

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Tracy Cozzens

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Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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