The U.S. Department of State‘s Geospatial Data Strategy (GDS) is a response to the Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2018, which mandates covered agencies to fulfill 13 responsibilities. The strategy aims to expand the effective use of geospatial data and technologies across the Department. It serves as a foundational roadmap for applying, growing, maturing, and managing geospatial data and analysis to support the Department’s missions.

The GDS complements the Department’s Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS) and includes crosswalk tables that align the goals and objectives of both strategic documents. The GDS is designed to improve inter-agency collaboration, operational efficiency, decision-making, and transparency, and it provides a mechanism for reporting the Department’s geospatial data investments.

The GDS sets four strategic goals to be achieved over 3 years:

  1. Enhance geospatial data sharing and accessibility.
  2. Ensure reliable geospatial data and tools for visualization and analysis.
  3. Develop geospatial data awareness to support a skilled geospatial workforce.
  4. Establish a repeatable geospatial data reporting structure to meet GDA requirements.