Executive Order 12906: Coordinating Geographic Data Acquisition and Access: The National Spatial Data Infrastructure [open pdf - 20KB]
Alternate Title: EO 12906: Coordinating Geographic Data Acquisition and Access: The National Spatial Data Infrastructure
"Geographic information is critical to promote economic development, improve our stewardship of natural resources, and protect the environment. Modern technology now permits improved acquisition, distribution, and utilization of geographic (or geospatial) data and mapping. The National Performance Review has recommended that the executive branch develop, in cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments, and the private sector, a coordinated National Spatial Data Infrastructure 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."
Executive Order 12906; EO 12906
Federal Register: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/
Federal Register (April 13, 1994), v.51 no.71, p.17671