Accessing the NGDA Baseline Standards Inventory


The following links will guide you to resources needed to successfully complete the NGDA baseline Standards Inventory survey:

Accessing the Survey

To prepare for taking the questionnaire please do the following:

  1. Review the READ ME FIRST to ensure you have verified and GeoPlatform ArcGIS Online (AGOL) organization account access.
  2. Once you have verified your account, you will request “Federal ELA User” status with steps outlined in READ ME FIRST.
  3. You will receive an email confirming “Federal ELA User” status.
  4. Log in using your GeoPlatform AGOL username and password. Use the link provided in your email from the NGDA Team to open the survey. Insert the token provided in the same email to associate the survey with your NGDA.
  5. Review the Helpful Tips Section found in this document. It has important information on saving and submitting your responses.

Questionnaire Active Period: August 31 through October 9, 2020

The survey remains open to facilitate 100 percent participation for all NGDA. The inventory was used by the Portfolio Team to generate the statistics and report on the Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan Milestone “Track NGDAs for implementation of standards.” The Inventory content continues to be used to meet GDA reporting.


If you have any questions related to the contents of this survey, please contact the NGDA Portfolio Team via


The purpose of this assessment is to build a baseline inventory of data and metadata standards being applied to National Geospatial Data Assets (NGDA). This inventory will assist in meeting parts of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018[1], The Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan[2] for Action 10, and Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018[3]. The baseline inventory furthers the Presidents Management Agenda[4]  goal of “data, accountability, and transparency to provide the tools to deliver visibly better results to the public and hold agencies accountable…”.

The Federal Data Strategy (FDS) 2020 Action Plan “identifies initial actions for agencies that are essential for establishing processes, building capacity, and aligning existing efforts to better leverage data as a strategic asset.” Further, these actions facilitate a common federal approach to managing compliance with multiple laws and requirements.

To meet the actions and milestones outlined in the plan, the Federal Geographic Data Committee National Geospatial Data Asset (FGDC NGDA) Portfolio Management Team, the Theme Community, and the responsible agencies are moving forward to compile information in support of the reporting requirements.


The information gathered through a baseline inventory of data and metadata standards will have many uses. Utilizing standards provides a backbone to high quality data and metadata. Standards enhance the transparency and openness (as appropriate) of the data. Partners, stakeholders, and end-users have a clearer understanding of the data and the fitness for use. This understanding is part of a broad strategy outlined in the Presidents Management Agenda and as described in this introduction, meets the requirements of various federal laws.

Having a baseline inventory of standards will allow decision makers to determine which standards need recognition for widespread use across similar theme related data. Some standards may no longer be in use, some may be deemed important enough to be required, while others may have been superseded by newer standards. Understanding metadata standards can increase machine readability yielding wider dissemination and use of the data.

Analysis of the inventory will be by NGDA, NGDA Theme, agency (bureaus, offices, etc.), and department (lead and covered agency). The analysis will be summarized in a publicly available report.





Updated on June 30, 2021
National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Portfolio Community

Community Type: Work Group

Sponsor: Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), Office of the Secretariat

Sponsor Email:

Theme Lead Agency: Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), Office of the Secretariat

Theme Lead: Lorna Schmid (FGDC OS)