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NCMGC Activities Planned in FY 2007

In FY 2007, the NCMGC will continue efforts to promote the use of geospatial technology to meet the business needs of SMCRA organizations.  Activities anticipated in FY 2007 include a planning meeting to review and implement recommendations from the first National Meeting of SMCRA Geospatial Data Stewards; briefings to OSM management and SMCRA organizations on the accomplishments and progress of the NCMGC in its activities; holding three meetings of the Coal Mining Spatial Data Standards ASTM Task Group to develop voluntary spatial data standards for the first two coal mining spatial data sets of national interest: surface coal mining boundaries and underground coal mining boundaries; sending additional qualified personnel to attend vendor software training in managing coal mining geospatial data in an enterprise environment; continuing development work on a geospatial infrastructure to exchange selected coal mining spatial datasets among networked servers outside OSM's WAN; recruiting state regulatory programs to participate in this geospatial infrastructure; conducting an outreach program by giving presentations about NCMGC activities at national meetings of SMCRA organizations; exploring participation with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA); and establishing a planning sub-committee to begin preparations for an FY 08 National Meeting of SMCRA Geospatial Data Stewards with a theme of “Integrating GIS into SMCRA Business Processes”.

Establishing Geospatial Data Stewards

The NCMGC hosted the first National Meeting of SMCRA Geospatial Data Stewards at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, CO on June 27-28, 2006.  Benny R. Wampler, Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, delivered the keynote address on “Coal Mining Datasets of National Significance”.

During this two-day meeting attended by 44 participants, geospatial data stewards from 18 approved state regulatory programs and 7 OSM offices worked through issues affecting the coal mining spatial data interests of their respective offices.  Topics discussed during the meeting included promoting the use of geospatial data in coal mining, results of a recent geospatial technology development questionnaire distributed among SMCRA programs, establishing voluntary standards for coal mining geospatial data, working with the coal industry to exchange coal mining spatial data, activities and accomplishments of the NCMGC in FY 06, establishing an electronic infrastructure to share coal mining geospatial data, and vendor software training for highly specialized SRA staff.

The geospatial data stewards participated in a live panel discussion on the first day of the meeting and a business networking session on the second day.  During the business networking session, geospatial data stewards first identified needs, goals, and expectations and then established priorities.  Working with the geospatial data stewards were representatives from the MSHA, Peabody Western Coal Company, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), and the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) International.  More information about

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