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1 June 2012 Information Management Related to Regional Sediment Management in the Gulf of Mexico
Clint Padgett, Klay Williams
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Currently, a number of organizations across the Gulf Coast are simultaneously collecting and distributing proprietary data. However, if Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan (GRSMMP) users are to perform analysis efficiently and make effective, educated decisions to support various coastal projects, collaboration and data sharing at all levels of government and among the numerous shareholders must be established. One method of doing this is the implementation of an enterprise geographic information system (EGIS)—a geospatial technology infrastructure that delivers spatial information products, services, and standard data sets to all business elements and processes within and among organizations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed and/or participated in a number of such enterprise GIS efforts, including the eCoastal, CE-Dredge, and Spatial Presentation Viewer programs. It is therefore proposed that the GRSMMP establish a firm data management plan and implement an organized, enterprise approach to data management through the use of Web Map Services (WMS). By including the publication of planned data acquisition, inventory of available offline data products, and direct access to organization flagship data sets, such a proposal would allow GRSMMP members to locate, connect to, view, and retrieve desirable data sets across many agencies, saving time and money previously dedicated to new data acquisition.

Clint Padgett and Klay Williams "Information Management Related to Regional Sediment Management in the Gulf of Mexico," Journal of Coastal Research 60(sp1), 66-71, (1 June 2012).
Received: 6 February 2012; Published: 1 June 2012
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