FY 1998 NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program
Submitted 1/19/00 to:
Bruce McKenzie, CAP Program Officer, bmckenzi@USGS.GOV
David Painter, dpainter@USGS.GOV
Gayle Royal, groyal@USGS.GOV
Jennifer Fox, jafox@USGS.GOV
Project Title: A National Geospatial
Clearinghouse for the Oregon Coast
Lead PI: Dawn Wright, Oregon State University
Tillamook Coastal Watershed Resource Center, Pacific Northwest Coastal
Ecosystems Regional Study, Ecotrust (formerly Interrain Pacific), State
Service Center for GIS (State of Oregon Department of Administrative
Additional Collaborator: Northwest Alliance
for Computational Science & Engineering, Oregon State University
Project URL: buccaneer.geo.orst.edu
Final Report URL:buccaneer.geo.orst.edu/docs/final.html
Completed Activities |
Future Activities |
Activities and Findings
Completed Research Activities
- A searchable Clearinghouse node has been set up with a Z39.50
server (Isite v. 2.06a) that has over 100 metadata records indexed.
Record include information about coastal and marine resource thematic
data for Oregon, as well as embedded URL linkages to data throughout
- We have initiated the development of a comprehensive database
of metadata for geographic data on the Oregon coast. Existing FGDC-compliant
metadata and accompanying digital databases have been acquired from the
cooperating organizations on the original grant, as well as from
additional projects. Additional metadata acquired have been rendered
- A comprehensive web site has been constructed for the project,
that includes not only downloadable metadata and data, but tools for
submitting additional data (for which our project will create FGDC-
compliant metadata), linkages to interactive, online data sets elsewhere
in the state of Oregon, information on the cooperating organizations
on the grant, digital images and visualizations of the Oregon coast and
continental shelf, and documents and publications related to the grant.
In addition the site links to a web-based discussion forum open to
anyone in the state (research, manager, teacher, schoolkid,
web wanderer, etc.) who has interest in the clearinghouse and would
like to contribute an idea or comment.
- The clearinghouse has recently been publicized to all potential
participants throughout the state so that we may add more coastal
and marine data and metadata. We have contacted all the agencies
listed in our original proposal: federal, state, county offices
and agencies, confederated tribes, research programs, and conservation
- Presentations were made at national and regional GIS conferences
agreed upon between the FGDC and project personnel (i.e., a Coastal
and Marine Geography paper session at the 1999 Association of
American Geographers meeting in Hawaii, and the Ocean GIS special
exhibition at the 1998 ESRI User Conference in San Diego).
- This project is now serving as one of the testbeds for a new
project funded by the UCGIS to improve the usability of the national
geospatial data clearinghouse (NGDC) gateways (see www.nacse.org.mhs. Our web site is being evaluated
metadata. This is related to an interesting dichotomy that is emerging:
searching and querying metadata on the web sites of individual
clearinghouse nodes vs. the NGDC gateway.
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The original grant included a cost share of $82,201. Unfortunately we
ran into problems with two of the parties that agreed to contribute
cost share, but the P.I. and her graduate students were able to contribute
additional effort to cover most of this. Also, the Pacific Northwest Coastal
Ecosystems Regional Study cost-shared $32,129 rather than the originally
proposed $29,098. The specifics:
- One of the secondary goals of the project was to serve as
a testbed for the new shoreline data standard in development
by the FGDC Bathymetric Subcommittee. As a cost share contribution to the
project Millington Lockwood of the NOAA National Ocean Service, aided
by Cindy Fowler of the NOAA Coastal Services Center, was going to come
and present a workshop covering the basics of the draft shoreline
standard and to assist us in defining the level of effort and steps
required to implement the shoreline aspects of the Oregon coast
clearinghouse. Unfortunately Millington Lockwood was diagnosed with
cancer and recently passed away.
- Due to staff reductions, the State Service Center for GIS
had to fold up the majority of its operations and was unable to
complete its portion of the cooperative agreement. The center did
provide $650 worth of in-kind support on the project in October, 1998.
This consisted of ten hours creating, updating, documenting and
maintaining metadata on the State Service Center for GIS web site, which
the clearinghouse web site links to.
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- A manuscript will be written for submission to the either the
Professional Geographer or Ocean and Coastal Management.
emphasizing unique aspects of the clearinghouse node, documentation of
use by Oregon coast stakeholders, and applications in coastal resource
issues and management.
- Once participation in the clearinghouse by agencies other than
the original cooperators a framework (database structure) document will
be completed, as well as protocols for adding additional data layers,
metadata, and URLs.
- In cooperation with the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science
& Engineering (NACSE) we are working on a new, user-configurable
metadata entry tool for our site that may supercede the FGDC's tool
and provide more adequate long-term documentation of spatial data sets.
- We hope to develop an online mapping tool for Oregon coastal data.
The application will enable users to create digital maps over the web
using geographic data and metadata stored on our servers. Though
internet map servers are not nearly as robust as desktop GISs, they
provide a quick, effective, and often entertaining means by which
to view and manipulate spatial data (and accompanying metadata) before
making the decision to download to a local system.
- Once we build it, how do we get them to come? We hope to
do a fairly thorough evaluation of the usage of the clearinghouse
web site (i.e., site statistics, number of hits, from what hosts, etc.),
and will explore additional ways to spur its growth, utility, and
influence in the state of Oregon and the broader coastal resource
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Education and Outreach
The project is providing OSU Master's thesis projects for Brian Ward
and Gillien Duvall. They are both learning about the NSDI and the
FGDC content standard for metadata. Brian installed and configured
the Isite software and designed the clearinghouse web site. His thesis
project describes and evaluates these activities, as well as web
mapping of metadata. Gillien has researched the various tools used
for the creation and management of metadata in relation to GIS and
is creating metadata documents for clearinghouse participants. Her
thesis project tests and compares various procedures for metadata
organization, creation, and "ingest" (reading in of existing metadata
in non-FGDC format and converting it to FGDC format) in an effort
to determine what methods work best for what kinds of coastal
data sets. Both theses will be available electronically on the
clearinghouse web site.
Last updated: January 19, 2000
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