UC Santa Barbara
Lead institution: University of California at Santa Barbara
Subject: The University Libraries of UCSB and Stanford are
leading the formation of the National Geospatial Digital Archive
(NGDA), a collecting network for the archiving of geospatial images and
data. Geospatial information has played an important role in the
history of the United States. From the first colonial maps to the
satellite imagery of the 21st century, cartographic information has
helped define and frame our view of the United States. Project
- Create a new national federated network committed to archiving geospatial imagery and data.
- Investigate the proper and optimal roles of such a federated
archive, with consideration of distant (dark) backup and migration,
directly serving content to users, vs. referring requestors back to the
originators of the data for copies or assistance, active or passive
quality/integrity monitoring, application of metadata, federated
searching, dissemination of metadata, etc.
- Collect and archive major segments of at-risk digital geospatial data and images.
- Develop best practices for the presentation of archived digital geospatial data.
- Develop partner communication mechanisms for the project and then ongoing.
- Develop a series of policy agreements governing retention, rights management,
obligations of partners, interoperability of systems, and exchange of digital objects.