With huge amount of geoscience resources developed and deployed at different levels of government, organization, and universities, it is a grand challenge to integrate the resources through interoperable solutions. Collaborated with several organizations and companies, such as Intergraph Inc., Virginia Department Of Transportation (VDOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics/ Department Of Transportation (BTS/DOT), we lead an effort on establishing our excellence of interoperability through various grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) .

There are three major international organizations working on interoperability: 1) FGDC is chartered by the President to develop policy, coordinate activities, and provide funding to implement the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) to integrate the heterogeneous GISs. 2) OGC is established to develop standards for building interoperable solutions. 3) The International Standards Organization established the Technical Committee 211 (ISO/TC211) to address geospatial information interoperability. We actively participate in all three organizations.

We implemented different operation interoperable geospatial web services to suppor the interoperable infrastructure through grants recieved from FGDC and NASA. We host and maintain an interoperable infrastructure system, the NASA Earth Science Gateway (ESG), to support the geoscience interoperability.
We are providing leading role in interoperability research, development, test, and implementation with our collaborators.
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