"The Geospatial Platform provides a suite of well‐managed, highly available, and trusted geospatial data, services, and applications for use by Federal agencies - and their State, local, Tribal, and regional partners. The Geospatial Platform is being implemented to help agencies meet their mission needs, including communicating with and publishing data and maps to the public. The Geospatial Platform focuses on web applications that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user‐centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. The 'Business Plan for the Geospatial Platform (Business Plan)' complements the 'Modernization Roadmap for the Geospatial Platform (Roadmap) and the Value Proposition for the Geospatial Platform (Value Proposition)' by serving as a 'what and how' document, providing an overview of the operational elements and the organizational structure of the Geospatial Platform. It addresses important issues such as the governance framework and funding options for the Geospatial Platform. The 'Business Plan' aims to provide insight into the proposed operations of the Geospatial Platform so that agency decision makers will commit to its startup, and support its growth and evolution."
Federal Geographic Data Committee: http://www.fgdc.gov/