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Geospatial Resources at EPA

Geospatial Policies and Standards

These policies and standards allow EPA to more easily share information by making it possible for many different organizations to use the same format and structure for their data and applications. These documents are of interest to the staff of federal, state and local Agencies who create data and applications, or who create the policies that guide the development of data and applications.

EPA Policies and Guidance:

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Other Federal Policies:

  • Geospatial Data Act
  • Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act
  • Federal Data Strategy
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC):

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    EPA GIS Technical Guidance

    • National Geospatial Deliverable Standard
      This document is intended to establish a uniform method for submitting geospatial data and related products to the US EPA. It provides guidance for contracts, grantees, potentially responsible parties, Agency staff, and any others who provide geospatial data and products to US EPA programs, projects, or staff.
    • EPA Metadata Style Guide for Geospatial and Non Geospatial Data
      The Style Guide provides suggestions on geospatial and non-geospatial metadata creation that adhere to EPA’s Metadata Technical Specification and requirements from OMB’s Project Open Data (POD) and ISO’s 19115 standards. Detailed guidance on metadata requirements, standard language, and naming conventions are provided with the goal of simplifying the documentation process and standardizing dataset metadata across multiple collaborative environments – EPA’s Environmental Dataset Gateway (EDG), EPA GeoPlatform web services, and EPA GeoPlatform Online (GPO).

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