Information Governance and Management Strategies in the U.S . Forest Service. Peru Forest Sector Initiative Chuck Dull, Geospatial Information Officer (retired) August 21, 2012. Forest Service Organization. National Headquarters in Washington, DC 9 Regional Offices
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Information Governance and Management Strategies in the U.S. Forest Service
Peru Forest Sector Initiative
Chuck Dull, Geospatial Information Officer (retired)
August 21, 2012
Forest Service – Infrastructure and use
Our National Forests – Headwaters of the Nation
Geospatial Data Users
Coordinate and Share Standardized GIS Data
Established to encourage the collection, processing, archiving, integration, and sharing of geospatial data and information using common standards and interoperable systems and techniques
….. and accessible via the web
President’s management agenda :
…… pathway to a government that delivers results….
Making it … easier, faster, cheaper….
for all levels of government and public to
access geospatial data and information
Foster SDI development locally to globally
The FGDC has lived and prospered
through 3 different political
administrations ……. Why?
Forest Service Geospatial Services
Geospatial services support the mission critical activities of the Forest Service—from day-to-day operations to research, long-term assessments, and planning.
Customers are found at all levels of the Forest Service - from District Offices at remote locations to Washington DC Headquarters.
Every action in an organization is supported by information
Usually when we think of information we think of technology
We must first think about our organizational behavior around information, and our requirements
To Support Decision Making…
What is Information Governance?
The set of rules, processes and people with which decisions about information are made in the organization
What decisions need to be made?
How will they be made?
Who should make those decisions?
How will the results of the decisions be measured and monitored?
Comprehensive view of the whole organization
Decisions are made by the right people at the right level of the organization (authority)
Decisions are made by those with the needed perspective and expertise (knowledge)
The decision making process is open and understood by those affected
People understand how to influence decisions and their role in the process
Provides the best use of resources at the time, in line with the goals of the organization
There is accountability
Consider all lines of business, departments, and locations in which the organization operates
Common strategy, goals and objectives
Manage resources, people, information as assets
This is a community effort to work toward the future of the geospatial program
Implement the vision
GMO cannot do this alone…. We need cooperation and active participation from all levels of the agency
Grow and sustain relationships with the full Geospatial community & stakeholders
Increased emphasis on providing geospatial training to employees through webinars. The intent was to reach more students at less cost………..
Operation of the Geospatial Help Desk
These characteristics apply to all kinds of information, including geospatial
The Forest service uses the “Enterprise Data Warehouse” (EDW) to realize these goals
Single, secure, authoritative source accessible to the whole organization
A single analysis may require data from many sources.
Find the number of acres of weeds, by species, in a specific range allotment - and find a proposed treatment.
Bringing the data together, checking it, and standardizing the format to create a useful dataset is a complex and time-consuming process.
The Next Layer - Services
Other Geo Processing
Internal and External Portals (Data.gov)
EDW is the Engine