Geospatial data, including satellite images, digital maps, and other kinds of geospatial information in digital form represent our scientific, scholarly, and cultural heritage. Geospatial data and information often represent aspects of the physical environment and events that have been captured at a particulur moment and therefore, cannot be reproduced. In addition to their use in research, education, and decision-making, geospatial data are used in various professions to represent characteristics of our world. Preserving geospatial data and information resources will help to ensure that they can continue to be used in the future.
This Resource Center is being developed to offer capabilities for finding freely available web-based resources about the preservation of geospatial information. A variety of selected resources are being added, including reports, presentations, standards, and information about tools for preparing geospatial assets for long-term access and use. The resources are indexed to enable searching of titles and are categorized to facilitate discovery by choosing among topics, resource types, or both. Topics on the stewardship and management of geospatial data include appraisal and selection, citation, content standards, describing and preparing, depositing and documenting, digitized maps, Geographic Information Systems or GIS, preservation formats, satellite imagery, software dependencies, virtual environments, and many others.
The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center is a project of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), which is working with a national network of partners on a strategy for preserving digital information for use in the future. Information about the NDIIPP, its partners, projects, and events can be found on the NDIIPP web site, which is accessible at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/