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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Committee on Geography, Committee on Review of Geographic Information Systems Research and Applications at HUD: Current Programs and Future Prospects

The document describes capability functions of geographic info structures (GIS) and spatial research via HUD’s place of work of coverage improvement and learn for knowing housing wishes, addressing broader problems with city poverty and neighborhood improvement, and enhancing entry to info and companies via the various clients of HUD’s facts. It deals a imaginative and prescient of HUD as an immense participant in offering city information to federal tasks in the direction of a spatial information infrastructure for the state.

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Due to limited understanding of spatial analysis, comparative spatial statistics, and housing indicator development, most of the GIS efforts in HUD’s field offices go no further than point and thematic mapping. This report focuses on PD&R’s role in providing technical and research advice and information across HUD’s program offices and in support of the development of the EGIS. PD&R performs research and analysis of spatial data for all of HUD’s program offices. 5 • American Housing Survey: provision of national and metropolitan estimates of housing conditions and zoned data.

As in many federal agencies, the proportion of political appointees at HUD creates frequent turnover and may contribute to reduction in continuity of GIS initiatives. 2), initiated in 1994, suffered from lack of clear program ownership leading to problems with data maintenance and updating, and contributing to the lack of assurance of data quality and comparability across HUD units. Community 20/20 software was not made available online, which impeded widespread use. No assessment of users’ needs or requirements was carried out and there was little input into the initiative from technical units at HUD.

Html INTRODUCTION 19 the agency with a singular ability to introduce the priorities of local and underrepresented groups into national dialogs. The agency can also advance the inclusion of much needed local, urban data that meets national standards in the national spatial data infrastructure. The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is at the forefront of HUD’s efforts to use geographic data and tools to address issues of urban poverty and community housing needs. HUD’S OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH To carry out its mission, HUD engages in research and develops policies help socially and economically disadvantaged Americans secure adequate housing in safe communities.

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