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NGS Data Unavailable During Government Shutdown

Geospatial community continues to feel effects.

October 4, 2013
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The government shutdown continues, and the geospatial community continues to feel its effects.

The National Geodetic Survey, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, will only provide essential services to maintain public safety, transportation and infrastructure. That means that CORS (Continuously Operating Reference Station) data and other information on the NGS Integrated Database are not available to the public.

 “This isn’t the first time the government has shut down, and this isn’t the first time NGS has been affected,” NSPS Executive Director Curtis Sumner said.

Juliana P. Blackwell, the director of the National Geodetic Survey, sent a letter to the NSPS and Sumner explaining the effects of the government shutdown on the NGS, specifically the CORS network.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“CORS data is being collected by NGS and will be made available to the public along with associated services and tools such as UFCORS, OPUS, etc., once the shutdown is over and the data undergo quality control/quality assurance measures.

 “Only federal government websites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained. Access to the NGS Integrated Database (NGS IDB) is currently not available to the public. CORS data and information from the NGS IDB can be made available in emergency situations concerning safety of life or property.”

Blackwell does state that "data from the non-NOAA CORS sites may be available directly from individual CORS owners/operators." This could include private or regional networks, Sumner said.

Read Blackwell’s full letter on the NSPS website.

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