The Geospatial Electronic Records website and its contents were developed as part of the project, Managing and Preserving Geospatial Electronic Records, which was conducted by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University and funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), under Grant 2003-038. The project investigated the requirements for state and local government archivists, records managers, and other institutional recordkeepers to manage and preserve electronic records with significant geospatial components, especially those records generated by Geographic Information System (GIS) software. The project also identified and recommended practical and appropriate policies, techniques, standards, and practices to manage geospatial electronic records (GERs) to support their long-term retention and dissemination and to facilitate their usability and utility as important information resources of significant historical interest. We hope that these will have significant long-term benefits in helping municipal, county, and state agencies, and other organizations, to improve their ability to efficiently preserve and reuse their increasingly vital geospatial information resources.
Project Investigators

Project Principal Investigator
Dr. Robert S. Chen
Interim Director, CIESIN
Columbia University
Palisades, New York 10956 USA
tel.: +1 845-365-8988
fax: +1 845-365-8922

Project co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Robert R. Downs
Senior Digital Archivist, CIESIN
Columbia University
Palisades, New York 10956 USA
tel.: +1 845-365-8988
fax: +1 845-365-8922

Logo of National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
This project was funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, NHPRC #2003-038. The web site is now maintained by the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) under contract NAS5-03117 with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Views expressed in this web site are those of the authors of the material and are not necessarily those of CIESIN, Columbia University, NHPRC, NARA, or NASA.
Project Advisory Board Members and Workshop Program Committee

Cheryl Benjamin, Standards/Data Coordination NY State Cyber Security & Critical Infrastructure Coordination

Kevin Glick, Electronic Records Archivist, Yale Univ. Sterling Memorial Library

Bill Guthe, Educational Tech Center GIS Analyst, Princeton University

Geoffrey Huth, Mgr, Records Services Development NY State Education Dept, Archives

Sally Johnson, Policy Analyst for Statewide Planning Program, State of Rhode Island

Patrick McGlamery, Library Liaison to Geography, University of Connecticut

Jennifer O'Neill, E-Government & GIS Specialist, NY State Education Dept, Archives

Theresa Pardo, Deputy Director, Center for Technology in Government, University of Albany

Robert Sandev, GIS Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations

Doug Schuetz, GIS Director, Rockland County Planning

Bridget Sisk, Chief, Archives & Records Mgt Section, United Nations Secretariat

Terri Spies, GIS Specialist, NYC Dept of Environmental Protection

Larry Thornton, Bureau Chief, Geographic Information and Analysis, NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection

Sam Wear, GIS Director, Westchester County





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