Spatial Infrastructure-A Critical Part of the Stimulating the Economy and Protecting the Nations Assets

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Last week, The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the release of Spatial Infrastructures, [PDF] the second white paper to be published in the Geospatial Dimensions of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Response (CIP-ER) white paper series, which will include at least six more white papers published into the spring of 2009.

In this interview, Directions Magazine Editor in Chief Joe Francica speaks with John Moeller of Northrop Grumman, the paper's author, and Bob Samborski, executive director of GITA. The discussion focuses on driving awareness of geospatial technology to a broader audience as well as sustainable development, geospatial standards and the recent initiatives of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) to bring awareness of geospatial technology to our nation's policy makers.

The paper comes at a critical time for the geospatial community as COGO, GITA and others attempt to push Congress to support better oversight of government geospatial initiatives, especially in light of the economic stimulus package being sought by the Obama administration. [Also in this interview you will hear reference to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which recently issued its 2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure.]

The interview lasts for approximately 25 minutes.

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