21 July 2009

Congressional hearing on Thursday

Why watch TV when you can watch the Internet?
"The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, led by Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), will hold an oversight hearing on "Federal Geospatial Data Management.""
Link: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=278

This hearing will be directly followed by a legislative hearing on the following bill:

H.R. 2489 (Herseth Sandlin): To authorize a comprehensive national cooperative geospatial imagery mapping program through the United States Geological Survey, to promote use of the program for education, workforce training and development, and applied research, and to support Federal, State, tribal, and local government programs. "AmericaView Geospatial Imagery Mapping Program Act."
My research interests will focus me more on the first part, but the second seems worthwhile too. Although New Jersey is not presently a participant in the AmericaView program, it seems likely that we might be in the future. Especially with Congressman Holt serving on this subcommittee.

Some of the more interesting witnesses include Siderelis and Batzli. And you can track the bill online.


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