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The Northwest Land Information System Network (NWLISN) began in 1987, with an initial group of 11 Federal and State land management agencies developing a formal Charter and Memorandum of Understanding. The group has now grown to 19 agencies, is cochaired by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and has several very effective pilot projects accomplished or underway. The purpose of the NWLISN is to promote interagency cooperation and cooperative activities on issues that impact land information systems (LIS) related issues in the Northwest, including joint funding of projects and solutions to regional problems. One of the major issues addressed by the group has been the need for data standards. Several pilot projects have addressed this problem and will be outlined in this paper. Pilot projects have demonstrated that cooperative efforts such as the NWLISN can have a strong effect on issues that impact their land management responsibilities, and in their collective use of LIS.
geographic information systems (GIS), land information systems (LIS), data standards, data sharing
Director, Pacific Northwest Operations, Computer Sciences Corporation, Portland, OR
GIS specialist, USDA/SCD/WNTC, Portland, OR