Implementation of the National Map road database with consideration for organizational and technical integration constraints
Weaver, Bryan Douglas
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The National Map (TNM) concept allows for a more effective and regenerative public mapping program but not without overcoming some significant challenges. Numerous federal initiatives attempting to consolidate spatial information continue to proceed with poor coordination. This thesis assesses TNM road database implementation plan. The major organizational and technical constraints to spatial data integration are presented. Literature and sample data are used to develop indices that measure road data integration complexity, potentially assisting policy-makers in the development of relative cost models for various integration strategies. Results suggest an overwhelming need for a comprehensive requirements analysis for TNM transportation theme. The establishment of an overarching authority over federal, domestic mapping agencies is recommended. Integrated public road GIS data and systems is a daunting goal but one that remains in the best interest of the nation and should be pursued by the administration in the spirit of responsible governance.