National Integrated Land System Concept of Operations and User Requirements (12-17-99)

IN A NUTSHELL: The National Integrated Land System (NILS) initiative -- a joint Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, state, county, and private industry project -- is seeking public comments on the NILS Concept of Operations and User Requirements.  The review document provides an overview of a common data model and tool sets for managing public lands that "meet the needs of the widest possible spectrum of land title and resource information providers and customers."  Comments will be accepted until January 15, 2000. Public comment periods, which typically last from 30 days to several months, are the principal mechanism for federal agencies to receive feedback on draft rules, regulations, and policies before they are put into final form and officially promulgated.

In 1994, President Clinton released an executive order that the federal government, in cooperation with states and local governments, and the private sector, develop a "National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)  to support public and private sector applications of geospatial data in such areas as transportation, community development, agriculture, emergency response, environmental management, and information technology."  The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), an interagency working group that includes federal agencies and programs using geospatial information, works with state and local governments and private sector users to produce NSDI.  Out of this environment, the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management joined together to form the National Integrated Land System (NILS), a common model and "tool set" for the two agencies to collect and provide data used for cadastral management.

NILS has worked with state, local, and tribal government and private sector organization to develop a data model based on ARC/INFO 8.X technology.  The new document, "Concept of Operations and User Requirements," is a collection of use cases that provide an overview of how the integrated-automated system would work.  A complete copy of the review is available at the NILS website along with a link to submit comments.  Comments can be submitted via the web at the above address, via fax at (303) 236-3327, and via mail at BLM NILS Project WO-510, Denver Federal Center-BLD. 50, PO Box 25047, Denver, CO 80225-0047.  The public comment period ends on January 15, 2000.

The NILS vision is to "provide a business process method to collect, maintain, and store parcel-based land information that meets the common, shared business needs of the widest possible spectrum of land title and resource information providers and customers."  NILS goals include:

Submitted by Margaret Baker, AGI Government Affairs

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Last updated December 17, 1999

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