News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 344


BLM partnership wins GIS award

A BLM partnership to improve management of cultural resources has received an award for Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems. (text continues below)

Kirk Halford of the BLM (right) prepares to host a podcast on the Data Sharing Project at the ESRI conference.
Kirk Halford of the BLM (right) and and Eric Ingbar of Gnomon, Inc. (left, with headphones) host a podcast on the Data Sharing Project at the ESRI conference.

The BLM Cultural Resources Data Sharing Partnership (CRDSP) received the award for its efforts in pursuit of the vision of “providing cultural resources professionals consistent, easy to use, reliable spatial information systems on their desktops with access to cultural spatial data servers that assist them in doing their jobs as managers, researchers, and cultural resource professionals.”

Specific examples of its successes include the development of the cultural GIS database tool within ArcGIS Desktop, the digitization of cultural resource information from BLM California, (see the article, "Bureau of Land Management's Cultural Resource Database Goes Digital"), as well as the CRDSP support for coordination and GIS development in western state historic preservation offices.

Members of the partnership who have won this award in the past include BLM offics in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming (see www.esri.com/sag.) Kirk Halford, BLM CRDSP coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the BLM and the CRDSP. The ceremony was held at the ESRI International Users Conference, August 6 .

“This award is being given to user sites around the world in recognition of their outstanding work in the GIS field, said ESRI President Jack Dangermond. “Your organization was selected to receive this prize from over 100,000 user sites worldwide.  ESRI will be showcasing all SAG award winners and their applications on the ESRI Web site at www.esri.com/sag.  Our goal is to feature your organization and to share the importance of your contributions in GIS to our global community.”

The BLM initiated the partnership in 1997 to meet commitments under the 1997 BLM national Programmatic Agreement (nPA).  A key goal of the nPA with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is to streamline and simplify procedural requirements.  The nPA required each state-specific protocol, developed under the nPA, to address “data sharing, including information management and support.”

The BLM works in partnership with the state historic preservation offices  in 13 western states (Alaska, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington) to develop data sharing for the cultural and historical resources they manage. For more information about the CRDSP visit the website at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/CRM/CRDSP.html

Jack Dangermond, center, presents the award to Ed Roberson, BLM assistant director, Renewable Resources and Planning, left, and Kirk Halford, right.
Jack Dangermond, center, presents the award to Ed Roberson, BLM assistant director, Renewable Resources and Planning, left, and Kirk Halford, right.

The BLM presented information about its GIS programs at this booth during the ESRI conference
The BLM presented information about its GIS programs at this booth during the ESRI conference

- D. Christy, 8/08


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