OGC USA Forum - GDA Community Workshop

Thursday, 24 June 2021 12:30 EDT
Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:30 EDT
Event Description: 
A community workshop to maximize understanding, readiness and impacts Presented in Partnership with NSGIC

OGC and NSGIC are collaborating on a community workshop, focused on maximizing understanding, readiness and impacts of the GDA, and hosted as part of the OGC USA Forum.

The Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (GDA) is a law that became effective in 2018, codifying the committees, processes, and tools used to develop, drive, and manage the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Equally importantly, it recognizes responsibilities extend beyond the Federal government for the development and maintenance of the NSDI. The GDA reflects growing recognition of the essential role of geospatial data and technology in understanding and managing our world and highlights the need to support their continuing development as critical investments for the US.

According to the schedule, the US government is initiating the GDA implementation strategy in parallel with the development of the NSDI strategy plan in FY 2020-2021. The GDA includes requirements for multiple reports from the FGDC, from GCA covered agencies, and from agency Inspectors General. In October 2020, Federal agencies shared with the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) the first GDA audit reports to the Inspector General. In April 2021, Federal GDA lead and Covered Agencies provided the FGDC with NGDA Theme assessment reports as required by the GDA. These reports, and an NGAC assessment of the GDA reporting process and approach, available on the FGDC website along with an on-line dashboard summarizing themes by agency, provide the basis for a Phase 2 GDA Report to Congress to be issued in late June 2021.

From a technical and interoperability perspective, the findings in the IG audit reports and covered agency data theme reports indicate that the GDA implementation and the understanding of the requirements are both in their early stages; that there’s an opportunity here to accelerate the agreement and collaboration on the core and domain-specific standards, best practices and partnerships that need to be adopted to achieve compliance; and that a forum is needed to have that dialog which must include industry engagement in a national governance framework.


The GDA Compliance & Implementation Community Workshop will be held in the following format:



12:30 PM to 1:00 PM Opening Session: Ivan Deloatch, Executive Director, FGDC
Frank Winters, President, NSGIC
Nadine Alameh, Chief Executive Officer, OGC
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Opportunities in GDA Compliance – Federal GIO Perspectives: Moderator: Cy Smith, State Geospatial Coordinator, Oregon
Tony Lavoi, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce
Steve Lewis, GIO, Department of Transportation
David Carter, GIO, Department of the Interior
Rob Shankman, GIO, Health and Human Services
Mike Donnelly GIO, Department of Homeland Security
2:00 PM to 2:20 PM Break Out Session
2:20 PM to 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Opportunities for Improvement – Industry perspective: Moderator: Mark Reichardt, Strategic Opportunities, OGC
Holli Howard, Geo Data Operations, Google
Josh Gelbard, Senior Product Manager, Amazon
Pat Cummens, Government Strategy & Policy Solutions Director, Esri
Kumar Navulur, Senior Director of Global Industry Business Development, MAXAR
Richard Kelly, VP Enterprise Geospatial Solution, 911 Datamaster
Ryan Bank, Global Managing Director, Geospatial Insurance Consortium
Robert Hoyler, Senior Partnership Development Manager, Tom Tom
3:30 PM to 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

Open Discussion

Moderator: Travis Hardy, Associate Vice President, Dewberry

4:45 PM to 5:00 PM Next Steps

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