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data exchange and outreach initiatives;


Current project-based data acquisition should be transformed into a systematic activity for building and sustaining a geospatial information infrastructure.

Capacity and Commitment Building

The ability of organizations to apply geospatial information technologies to improve transportation is dependent on the awareness and appreciation of an organization’s leaders, the level of knowledge of staff, the development of human capital, and the advancement of the geospatial infrastructure for use by an organization. To ensure that these abilities are leveraged,


Assistance should be provided to agencies to incorporate technologies into their day-to-day operations and, as necessary, expand and modify their business processes to capitalize on these technologies;


Current and future transportation professionals at all levels should be well grounded in geospatial information concepts and should continually update their knowledge and skills in geospatial information technology;


Techniques, tools, and innovative approaches for using geospatial information and technologies should be disseminated to transportation professionals quickly and effectively;


The state of the art of geospatial information technology should be advanced by developing fundamental knowledge that influences long-term technological innovations in the use of geospatial information for


Geospatial Information

Geospatial information and technology are a critical part of the transportation infrastructure. With the emergence of GIS from static map production to near real-time decision support, the availability and accessibility of hardware and software tools that manage voluminous databases, and the availability of more and more data, increased interoperability and the necessary infrastructure to support that interoperability are critical to positioning agencies to take advantage of these capabilities. To advance the use of these tools,


Different levels and types ‘of transportation organizations need to combine geospatial information to improve decision making and resource allocation; and


A mechanism needs to be provided for transportation stakeholders to access information and policies for all levels, modes, and application areas of transportation.

Information, and the data and technologies that support and generate it, is not without cost. However, it should be viewed as infrastructure that is just as necessary as bridges, ports, runways, rails, and roads. Its cost is minimal compared with the potential for what one speaker described as “billion-dollar bonehead decisions” that could occur without adequate information. To ensure that we make the best decisions possible, we need to support the information infrastructure, or we will find ourselves without the means to make the necessary decisions.

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