National Digital Stewardship Alliance Releases Report: “Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data”

Caitlin Dempsey


The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) has released a new report (PDF format) entitled,  “Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data.”   

The report originated as a position paper prepared for the November 2010 Digital Geospatial Appraisal meeting held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The report looks at the selection process of identifying geospatial records and other information which deserve long-term or permanent retention with the overall focus of the NDSA being the long‐term preservation, stewardship and accessibility of digital mapping information:

This paper proposes a series of appraisal and selection recommended practices regarding data relevancy, documentation, currency, research and application needs, usability, risk and ease of acquisition that will help organizations make the initial steps to initiate a digital stewardship plan for geospatial information that touches on each point of the information lifecycle.

Seeking to understand how GIS data is valued and selected for retention, the report is 26 pages long, including references.  

The chief author is Steve Morris who is the Head of Digital Library Initiatives and Digital Projects, at North Carolina State University.  Morris was also the author of the 2010 position paper.  

The report was edited by members of the NDSA’s Geospatial Content Subgroup.

About the NDSA:

“The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a voluntary membership organization of leading government, academic, and private sector organizations with digital stewardship responsibilities. Members of the NDSA collaborate to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

The NDSA receives support from the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, which is developing a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant “born‐digital” information.”

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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