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June 27, 2003
Press Release: International Space Station Images of the Lewis and Clark Trail

ISS007 Lewis and Clark Trail Image Collection

Imagery Provided by Earth Sciences and Image Analysis
- Johnson Space Center
June 2003.

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The Dalles, Oregon


Omaha, Council Bluffs, Missouri River Along the Lewis and Clark Trail





Missouri River between Kansas City and Omaha



Missoula Valley, Montana, Showing Travelers Rest Encampment Area




Lewis and Clark Pass Area , Montana

ISS002-E-8979 - July 7, 2001


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Please Visit GCS Research and Program Partners at the Lewis and Clark Special Exhibit, ESRI International User Conference to learn more about NASA's role in understanding the geography of change along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Please Visit the 4th Annual Lewis and Clark Special Interest Group Meeting at the ESRI UC.

"The Geography of the Lewis and Clark Trail"

Thursday, July 10, 2003, 12:15 PM-1:15 PM, Room 30-B (SDCC)

"The Geography of the Lewis and Clark Trail" (SIG) will be the 4th Annual gathering of all interested parties in the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial 2003-2006.

An assembled panel will discuss existing and developing projects focusing upon geographic education, scholarship, and general interest of the Lewis and Clark expedition and its interdisciplinary context.

Web-based systems, national, regional, and local resources, and various unique projects will be highlighted, representing mutliple public and private sector organizations from across the country.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend and share with the group their projects and opportunities for further collaboration among the diverse Lewis and Clark geospatial community.


Special Thanks to NASA and ESRI for making this collaborative exhibit possible and recognizing the ongoing geographical exploration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.

June 12, 2003
Press Release: "GCS Research and U.S. Geological Survey Sign Technical Assistance Agreement In Support of the "The National Map" for Montana"

Missoula, MT – June 12, 2003

GCS Research and the U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) are pleased to announce the signing of a Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) in support of the The National Map implementation effort for Montana. At the core of the TAA, GCS Research will work cooperatively with the USGS Mapping Partnership Office in Bozeman, MT and The National Map team in the development of Web-based geospatial systems to support the participation of local Montana governments in The National Map deployment.

The National Map is a consistent framework for geographic knowledge needed by the Nation. It provides public access to high quality, geospatial data and information from multiple partners to help informed decision making by resource managers and the public. The National Map enhances America's ability to access, integrate, and apply geospatial data at global, national, and local scales.

The successful and meaningful participation of local governments represents a crucial component of The National Map. To achieve an integrated, core geographic data set for the United States and its territories, local government geospatial resources need to be included into a seamless, multiscale system associated with Federal and regional scale spatial data. GCS Research and the USGS have partnered with two Montana county governments to support their unique contributions to the distributed geospatial architecture of The National Map for Montana. Building upon existing Web-based geospatial applications for the adjacent Mineral and Missoula counties, GCS Research will expand its current commercial efforts to include a number of critical technological and economic factors of importance to local governments.

In the case of Missoula County, a primary goal is to network dynamically high-quality, localized geospatial resources with specific statewide geodatabases currently maintained by State of Montana GIS clearinghouses. Working with ESRI Inc., the USGS, and Missoula County GIS professionals, this phase will require the testing and implementation of geodatabase synchronization between local (larger than 1:24,000-scale) and regional (1:100,000-scale) feature classes. Specifically, GCS Research will focus upon key National Map layers such as county-specific high-resolution, remotely sensed imagery, transportation networks, and boundary information. Simultaneously, GCS Research will work with Missoula County officials to develop National Map applications that are cost-effective extensions of their existing efforts to support multiple applications from a common Missoula County enterprise GIS. Seen as complimentary applications to The National Map, these additional framework services include: disaster and emergency services, homeland security, transportation networks, growth planning, economic development, E-911, and wildland fire risk assessment in the urban-wildland interface.

In partnership with Mineral County, GCS Research and the USGS will explore additional key objectives of the The National Map in Montana. Representing rural communities that have high proportions of public land ownership, Mineral County has recently established geospatial services that aggregate many of the core layers associated with the The National Map. In addition, Mineral County has leveraged limited financial resources to develop an ESRI-based .NET solution that dynamically consumes geospatial data from distributed repositories. The first of its kind in Montana, the Mineral County system is designed to consume standardized spatial resources and combine these data with localized assets in a cost-effective, highly utilitarian manner. Expanding upon this initial effort, GCS Research and the USGS will investigate National Map functionality such as cross-boundary searchers, geospatial application development between geographically adjacent county governments, geospatial accuracy through remote geodetic control, and enhanced distributed connectivity through The National Map interfaces and templates. The valuable Mineral and Missoula County cooperation and development provide viable models for Montana local governments, which may seek to partner in and benefit from The National Map and related programs.

"We are honored to be working with the USGS to help build the infrastructure for The National Map in Montana," said Alex Philp, President, GCS Research. "Given our existing efforts with Montana local governments to deliver distributed geospatial systems, this technical assistance agreement represents an ideal intersection of our core objectives and the long-standing, pioneering expertise of the USGS."

"Building partnerships to access State, county and local government geographic data is a key component of The National Map. In doing so, USGS shares and affirms its dedication to refocusing and reinvigorating it's efforts to meet the Nation's needs for this critical information." Lance Clampitt, Chief of the USGS Mapping Partnership Office in Bozeman also stated that "GCS Research is a talented and dedicated partner that will assist USGS with our grass roots implementation needs of The National Map in Montana."

Over the coming months, GCS Research, the USGS, and participating Montana State and local governments will work with other cooperators in the research, development, and implementation of The National Map in Montana. As the project matures, GCS Research intends to assist in the development of the technical infrastructure for efficient local government contributions to and benefits from The National Map vision ( In return, the USGS will work with GCS Research to facilitate distributed database connectivity within The National Map and hopes to provide access to large datasets that will meet the needs of numerous Web based applications.

The combined resources of GCS Research and the USGS are intended to develop a local government model that can be shared among all communities interested in nationally consistent, current, and complete base geographic information and in the seamless, distributed geospatial infrastructure of the The National Map.

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