FDGC Officially Endorses External Standards

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Steering Committee has officially endorsed 64 standards authored externally to the federal agency. In a statement, they stress the importance of such standards in "enabling interoperability as part of the Geospacital Platform for GeoOneStop, place-based initiatives, and other potential future programs of the FGDC." The endorsed list of standards, with descriptions of scope and applicability, includes standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium; ISO Technical Committee 211, Geographic information/Geomatics; the American National Standards Institute (through International Committee for Information Technology Standards Technical Committee L1, Geographic information systems) and de facto standards.