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Alaska Mapping Roundtable

Executive Summary
June 28, 2012

Thumbnail photo and link to image 001 The Department of the Interior and the State of Alaska co-hosted the Alaska Mapping Roundtable meeting of senior Federal executives to raise awareness of status and plans and to explore alternatives for a joint funding strategy to accelerate topographic mapping in Alaska. The meeting, convened by Anne Castle, DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science and Mead Treadwell, Lt. Governor of Alaska, was held in Washington, DC on June 28, 2012.

Approximately 45 roundtable participants and 15 observers represented more than 20 Federal agencies and bureaus. Alaska participants included representatives from the Governor's Office, Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, the University, and the Congressional delegation.

Thumbnail photo and link to image 007 Highlights of the agenda included presentations on the National Goals for Topographic Mapping in Alaska by Kevin T. Gallagher, USGS Associate Director, Core Science Systems; Alaska Requirements and Benefits by David Maune, Senior Project Manager, Dewberry; and State Perspectives and Status led by Nick Mastrodicasa, Project Manager, Alaska DOT. The presentations laid out the issues and status of completing the mapping of Alaska.

Following the presentation attendees participated in a discussion focusing on identifying strategies and finding solutions for accelerating the completion of Alaska mapping. Benefits and unmet needs were identified and discussed as participants all agreed on the need to accelerate topographic mapping in Alaska starting with IfSAR.

The roundtable participants suggested concrete recommendations to move forward and address the issues. Ideas emerging from the roundtable participants included:

  • Take an enterprise approach with the goals of sharing information, knowing available resources, and creating efficiencies.
  • Work in partnership. Think about an agency coordinated budget request to meet common needs.
  • Focus on leveraging exiting efforts, resources, and relationships.
  • Identify and inventory sources of data.

Strong support for establishing an Alaska Mapping Executive Committee at the level that can make budget decisions was expressed by the participants. Potential membership was identified to include approximately 15 members from Federal agencies and members from the Alaska State government and delegation. Implementation suggestions included:

  • Establish a set of ground rules for the Executive Committee
  • Model it on the Alaska State level Executive Board
  • Consider a technical subcommittee as part of the Executive Committee

DOI offered to take the lead in establishing the Executive Committee.

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