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Geospatial leaders from Minnesota, Utah, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Kansas, Vermont, and New York share best practices for successful integrated Addresses in their statewide geospatial infrastructure. These states received top marks for their Address theme in NSGIC's 2019 Geospatial Maturity Assessment (see the NSGIC GMA Dashboard). These state programs roll-up point addresses from hundreds of local government authoritative providers and update on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Addresses are among the NSDI National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) themes that form the common core set of digital spatial information for the Nation.

Summary of Best Practices
  • Connect the value proposition with public safety
  • Proper funding is key, with policy to back it
  • It's all about relationships - with champions, local government partners, and private sector partners

These honor roll states noted two major challenges in building a strong address data set:

  • Technology: in addition to potentially being expensive, building, acquiring, and

    developing technology, software, data models, and workflows can prove challenging.

  • Building strong networks with local municipal support and coordinating with

    local governments.

Read more about the challenges and solutions in NSGIC Best Practices: Addresses
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Geospatial SDI Collaboratives interconnect organizations across borders, jurisdictions, and sectors, to address our most significant social and environmental challenges, including natural and human-made disasters. These Collaboratives are alliances of organizations whose role is to lay the rules of engagement to cooperatively build integrated geospatial infrastructure, or spatial data infrastructure (SDI), and to engage with and grow the capacity of their communities. Esri supports your success across all parts of the SDI ecosystem, including your vital organizational ingredients, community engagement, capacity building, and of course, data and technology.


The ArcGIS platform provides the fundamental architecture to support SDI by being an open platform that enables secure, scalable, and frictionless data management, sharing, and use across a broad range of integrated applications. For example, Collaborative partners use ArcGIS software and SaaS products to create, analyze, and manage authoritative data. They leverage shared resources and ArcGIS Solutions to build and maintain common core foundational data cooperatively. Coordinating bodies use ArcGIS tools to integrate and aggregate data from multiple heterogeneous sources in a distributed environment. Data and services from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World supplement this work.


ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Hub provide the essential engagement and delivery solution to help make your SDI data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable). Geospatial Collaboratives use Groups in Online and Hub to create shared data spaces where partners can share open data, maps, and applications. Partners document their data to maintain their investment, to automatically generate machine-readable metadata that powers search and discovery, and to facilitate data sharing and federation. A host of easy-to-use applications such as ArcGIS Dashboard, Survey123, and StoryMaps help amplify strategic initiatives and community engagement.


We seek to be a catalyst for effective Geospatial Collaboratives. Our support of evolving international open standards enables the use of open data and APIs and facilitates data interoperability and system interoperability. Esri Geoportal Server augments ArcGIS with a set of capabilities such as harvesting, OGC interfaces, and metadata profiles. Beyond technology, we help you develop your geospatial strategy, learn new skills, share experience, and stay abreast of good practices. Ultimately, the combination of Esri's products, solutions, support and services, education, and training resources, alongside a robust global community of users, helps Geospatial Collaboratives build SDI, grow capacity, and have the tools you need to develop and execute your geospatial strategies.


In our increasingly interconnected world, interconnected data and location intelligence are crucial to seeing what others can't. Using shared resources, Geospatial Collaboratives and their partners tackle challenges as varied as growing green economies, achieving sustainable development goals, improving equity and quality of life, and protecting people during public health emergencies like COVID-19.


For more answers to this and related questions, see the Esri UC 2020 Q&A

Esri delivers a platform that encompasses and addresses all of the components of geospatial infrastructure—the people, data, technology, and science that allows organizations to visualize, analyze, plan, and act. The ArcGIS platform is engineered to tackle workflows and create solutions that integrate geographic knowledge for a greater understanding that underpins evidence-based decision making.


Learn more about geospatial infrastructure in the UC 2020 Plenary session: "GIS – Interconnecting Our World, Jack Dangermond" (16m:21s)


In the areas of geospatial infrastructure that Esri doesn’t own—such as constellations of earth observing satellites or data collection devices—we work directly with partners to ensure that our platform can ingest and manage data and work well on any device.


Esri’s geospatial infrastructure supports organizations and industries at many scales, uniting distributed information and making GIS accessible to everyone.


For more answers to this and related questions, see the Esri UC 2020 Q&A.

Geospatial infrastructure is a “system of systems” that interconnects people, processes, data, and technology. It has emerged as a contemporary vision to frame the increasingly integrated components of the geospatial industry. These elements have advanced dramatically since maps and images of the Earth were first digitized and visualized on a computer. Many frameworks have been used to describe the combination of geospatial data, science, hardware, and software that all contribute to this industry. Yet, a new term has been needed to provide a more holistic perspective. Just as one cannot create geospatial data without hardware or visualize and analyze it without software, one cannot develop solutions that deliver a greater geographic awareness without each of the components of geospatial infrastructure.


Geospatial infrastructure leverages the fundamental principles of Web GIS. The Internet and cloud computing are transforming the way organizations manage, analyze, and share data, and collaborate through an interconnected network of systems and portals. Web GIS manages all aspects of geographic information, including data and services, maps, analytical models, applications, workflows, templates, and even data security and access. Cloud and edge computing, AI, and machine learning, paired with IoT sensors and devices, are changing how data is collected, processed, and managed. Open platforms enable multiple levels of interoperability. Secure, performant, and highly scalable web services fuel the dynamic maps, apps, and information products that help scientists, decision makers, and the general public understand the world around us. The geospatial cloud considerably lightens the burden by supporting the app and collaboration infrastructure that tie it all together.


Geospatial infrastructure can also connect multiple organizations across borders, sectors, and jurisdictions. Integrated geospatial infrastructure is reshaping the way we collaborate to build spatial data infrastructures (SDI). GIS communities are organizing as Geospatial Collaboratives – alliances of organizations whose role is to lay the rules of engagement to manage spatial data cooperatively and to engage with and grow the capacity of their communities. Web GIS is significantly easier to use, deploy, and integrate into an SDI ecosystem than traditional systems. At their finest, Geospatial Collaboratives engage everyone in a distributed and interconnected environment to address our most significant challenges.


As we tackle the many problems that humanity faces, and as the tools become more accessible to everyone, the updated term of geospatial infrastructure encompasses the components that we apply to make sense of people, processes, and our planet.


For more answers to this and related questions, see the Esri UC 2020 Q&A.