The Geospatial Data Act of 2018 is a comprehensive legislation that establishes a framework for federal geospatial data management, sharing, and usage. It aims to enhance the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) by promoting data sharing across federal, state, local, and tribal governments, as well as the private sector. The Act designates responsibilities to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and introduces standards for geospatial data themes to ensure data quality and interoperability. It also emphasizes the importance of geospatial data for economic growth, public health, environmental protection, and other societal benefits. For federal data leaders, this Act is crucial as it guides the strategic planning and implementation of geospatial data policies, fostering collaboration and innovation in geospatial data usage and applications. The Act underscores the significance of open and publicly available geospatial data, which is vital for informed decision-making and efficient government operations.

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