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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:

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Other Federal Policies:

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.

Office of Management and Budget Circulars

EPA GIS Technical Guidance

  • EPA Region 2 GIS Deliverables Guidance
    This document is intended to provide support of all EPA Region 2 GIS related projects. These work products include GIS and imagery files that are created for EPA, including but not limited to products created under grants, interagency agreements and contracts.
  • 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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