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 Geospatial Strategic Plan This plan provides direction and guidance (for FY2023-2027) for the EPA Geospatial Program to identify priorities that support the Agency's mission now and in the future. (Contact, Harvey Simon, Simon.Harvey@epa.gov)
- Data Visualization Accessibility Procedure
Addresses and establishes accessibility requirements, recommendations, and expectations for content items developed by the EPA using information and communications technologies, geographic information systems, and business intelligence software. Learn more about how to apply this procedure to maps, apps, and dashboards in the StoryMap Collection: Design for Everyone. (Contact: Alex O'Neill, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ArcGIS StoryMap Guidance and Publication Requirements
EPA’s licensed mapping software provider, Esri, developed the concept of StoryMaps to enhance content communication around spatial data. This guidance established a standard approach to making ArcGIS StoryMaps. (Contact: Alex O'Neill, email@example.com)
- ArcGIS Web StoryMaps Web Standards
StoryMaps, which include Esri StoryMaps and ArcGIS StoryMaps, are map-centric data presentation tools. This standards allows map products to more effectively communicate environmental data. (Contact: Alex O'Neill, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Enterprise Data Management Policy (EDMP) Policy
This policy establishes a standard approach for managing information produced by, funded by, or received per regulated reporting and/or federal-wide requirements and subsequently held or cataloged in information management systems by and for the Environmental Protection Agency EPA.
- EPA Metadata Technical Specification
This document establishes guidelines for publishing geospatial and non-geo metadata for data sets, applications and services developed by the EPA. (Contact: Ana Greene, Greene.email@example.com)
- EPA National Geospatial Data Policy
The National Geospatial Data Policy (NGDP) establishes principles, responsibilities, and requirements for collecting and managing geospatial data used by Federal environmental programs and projects within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (Contact: Harvey Simon, Simon.Harvey@epa.gov)
- EPA Tribal Guidance for Using EPA Tribal Boundaries, Areas and Names
The Tribal Guidance for Using EPA Tribal Boundaries, Areas, and Names depicts geographic information for federally recognized tribes. Their associated boundaries and locational information were developed by the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, though are curated by OMS to meet Agency needs and use cases. (Contact: Alex O'Neill, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- National Geospatial Data Policy Procedure for Geospatial Metadata Management
The purpose of this document is to establish procedures, requirements and responsibilities for maintaining geospatial metadata used by EPA programs. (Contact: Ana Greene, Greene.email@example.com)
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Policy
The purpose of this directive is to provide EPA with policy on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and any data collected through the use of UAS at EPA's directions. (Contact: Ana Greene, Greene.firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Geospatial Data Act
- Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act
- Federal Data Strategy
- Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC):
- The FGDC is a 32 member interagency committee composed of representatives from the Executive Office of the President, and Cabinet level and independent Federal agencies. View FGDC and OMB policies and plans on the FGDC website.
- 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).