U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a tool that builds maps. Currently, most GIS’ at the Federal, State and local levels are housed separately, which causes significant challenges for partnering on new and existing projects. With the introduction of the data sharing using new technologies, organizations can upload and share GIS data to collaborate on many projects.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is sponsoring a new initiative for GIS data sharing. The FHWA is using a model that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) developed called uPlan. uPlan uses Software as a Service (SaaS) technology that is cloud-based, which means that all tools and data are accessible over the Web.
Using the cloud-based technology allows data sharing and collaboration of GIS data to internal and external partners to create maps and share the latest data. The GIS data can be access controlled to allow sharing of only the data that partners want to provide, which offers increased data control access.
By using the uPlan model, the FHWA will evaluate and deploy cloud-based, SaaS collaboration and mapping technology for the purposes of improving the quality and speed of project decisions.
There are several benefits to using the GIS Collaboration Model:
Many State DOTs have recognized the potential of GIS and have the necessary systems and resources in place. Using the FHWA model will help usher existing GIS into the next technology phase.
EDC Geospatial Data Fact Sheet 21st Century Solutions v5 (.pdf, 1.4 mb)