CIESIN Questionnaire on Geospatial Data Preservation Needs

CIESIN LogoGeospatial data that represent observations at a specific time and place often cannot be replicated, and explicitly preserving them helps ensure their availability for future users. In an effort to improve geospatial data preservation research and practice, researchers at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University are developing an online clearinghouse to disseminate information on the preservation of geospatial data. They have put together a brief questionnaire that takes ten to fifteen minues to complete, and will help them address issues relating to this topic.

The clearinghouse on the preservation of geospatial data will be part of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) coordinated by the Library of Congress. Initially, CIESIN is working to identify user needs for an online clearinghouse about geospatial data preservation. The clearinghouse will be publicly accessible for free to improve awareness and understanding of issues relevant to the preservation of geospatial data.

To participate in the survey, visit