I share the following at the request of Sam Wear, Westchester County, NY, who is currently on assignment to USGS as local government liaison to GOS.
Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) Outreaches to Local Government
Web Mapping Services Important Towards Building National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)
The Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) project encourages local governments to register and publish metadata for web mapping services on the GOS portal at www.geodata.gov.
Increased availability of data and web mapping services through the GOS portal significantly supports local, state, tribal, and federal governments, and improves homeland security and disaster relief efforts across the country. It is widely recognized local governments make a tremendous contribution towards building the National Spatial Data infrastructure (NSDI).
New enhancements to the GOS portal include improved spatial search functions, tools to identify potential partners in data acquisition efforts, easy-to-use registration forms to start publishing metadata records, and greater access to a growing number of on-line web mapping services from across the country.