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Developing an Online Resource Center about Geospatial Data Preservation

Presenter 1
Robert R. Downs
Columbia University, CIESIN
Presenter 2
Robert C. Chen
Columbia University, CIESIN

Like other scientific artifacts that are in digital form, geospatial data, maps, and other spatial information products and services are at risk of being lost if not preserved for future use. Enabling the future use of geospatial data can foster new opportunities for learning and facilitate capabilities for scientific investigations to build on the results of previous research. A key challenge is to promote awareness of the need for preservation and the approaches, methods, and tools available to support preservation efforts. Providing developers and managers of geospatial information with web-based tools and information resources to preserve geospatial data can contribute to capabilities for enabling long-term access to geospatial data. The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center is being developed to provide communities of geospatial data professionals, scientific data librarians, and others interested in the preservation of geospatial assets with resources to assist them in preserving our geospatial information heritage. The presentation describes the design and development of an online resource center about the preservation of geospatial data, including a survey of the geospatial data management community conducted to inform its design and identify expectations for use.

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