NGA Unveils Geospatial Data Request Mgmt App; Ray Bauer Comments

mapThe National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has released a mobile app for emergency response organizations to manage requests for geospatial data, GCN reported Wednesday.

Stephanie Kanowitz writes the NGA worked with NJVC to develop the RFI Generator app with two interfaces, namely a map-based interface for field workers and another for administrators.

The NGA consolidated data from a study it conducted with its internal SharePoint tool and an RFI tool from the Defense Department into the RFI Generator.

“We took the best features from all three and merged them together so that way we were able to shut down the other two RFI tools and now this actually exists on all three domains,” Ray Bauer, NGA’s lead for readiness, response and recovery team, told GCN.

Bauer said users will be able to enter a spatial RFI and nonspatial RFI to form a perimeter around a certain location in order to request for relevant information, according to the report.

Kanowitz writes users with administrative roles are able to view requestors, approve data requests and monitor information request metrics.

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