Project and NEOEDEN
a part of the Northeast Ohio EMPACT project, the Data Management
Workgroup expands the NEOEDEN web site to provide additional GIS
data sets related to various urban and environmental issues in the
15-county Northeast Ohio region.
following discussion about NEOEDEN is mirrored from the NEOEDEN
information page of the Cleveland Cartography web site.
- Northeast Ohio Environmental Data Exchange Network
is a project to create and maintain a data exchange network for
northeast Ohio, focusing on environmental and geospatial
information. The project will collect, process, and make available
on the Internet a broad range of environmental and land-use data in
the fourteen-county northeast Ohio region, assemble
environmentally-related geospatial data that spans the region, and
assist in providing local training on content and applications of
these data, Internet access to them, and the Federal Geographic Data
Committee (FGDC) endorsed Content Standards for Digital Geospatial
is doing it?
universities in northeast Ohio - Cleveland State University (CSU),
Kent State University (KSU), the University of Akron (UA), and
Youngstown State University (KSU) have received a grant from the
Urban University Program (UUP).
management of environmental resources requires current and accurate
information which can be used to recognize changes in ecosystems and
to link these trends with their likely causes. High quality
information is necessary to identify and respond to these trends.
Today, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being used to ensure
that rational and ecologically sound decisions are made concerning
resource development, impact mitigation, environmental monitoring
and other environmental management issues. GIS can evaluate land and
resource use alternatives while considering potential environmental
and cultural resource impacts, economic implications, and potential
ability to combine diverse information, as geospatial data
"themes," and examine a broad range of alternatives is
just a few of the potential applications and benefits of having a
GIS. The information required for more informed decision making is
often difficult to retrieve because it is fragmented on different
systems and databases managed by several public, nonprofit, and
private agencies. The creation of a comprehensive GIS-based
environmental data base can often consume a large portion of the
time and money allocated for a particular environmental management
problem is further complicated by users who often collect and enter
data that are being maintained by other local, regional, state, or
federal agencies. This practice can be avoided by finding prepared
data that is current, available, easily interpreted and cost
effective. High quality, accurate digital geospatial data either
does not exist or is difficult to locate for environmental factors
and many geographic areas of northeast Ohio. When the data do exist,
they are often poorly documented as to their content, coverage,
producer, accuracy, or sources.
this project will provide enhanced access, for the universities and
for the local, regional, and wider communities, to geospatial data
relevant to policy analysis and development and in decision support
concerning environmental and land use development issues. It will
also support university research and instruction in these and
related issue areas.
will be done?
project will design and create the NEO-EDEN searchable Web site on a
central server, collect the data to be stored in the NEO-EDEN data
base, and store these data on networked servers located at each of
the four cooperating Universities. The data will all be stored in
standardized and fully documented formats to be identified by the
participating Universities. The four participating universities will
organize and provide training programs for public and private
agencies in northeast Ohio on the NEO-EDEN data bases and on the
procedures for accessing these data via the Internet. NEO-EDEN
of a centralized inventory and metadata clearinghouse on
NEO-EDEN databases which is accessible via the Internet;
Internet access to a distributed network of environmental and
land-use related geospatial databases which comprise the
collective NEO-EDEN data base; and
a training and education program on the NEO-EDEN data bases, on
accessing these data and related data bases via the Internet,
and on the nationally-specified metadata standards which are
used to describe these data.
will the products include?
searchable Internet node utilizing a central NEO-EDEN "home
page," which provides information exchange and other
clearinghouse functions using the Federal Geographic Data
Committee (FGDC) endorsed Content Standards for Digital
comprehensive metadata-referenced inventory of current
environmental databases and spatial database applications in
digital spatial information collections stored at each of the
GIS-Net sites and accessible through the central
online metadata system which describes and documents the
NEO-EDEN databases. e. instruction and training to
professionals, private citizens, and university students in the
region on content and use of the NEO-EDEN data, on using the
Internet to access these data, and on the FGDC-endorsed
standards which are used to describe and document these data.
will the inventory provide?
universities will inventory all of the publicly available geospatial
data for Northeast Ohio by local, regional, state, and federal
agencies. The inventory will:
programs or organization which produce, manage, or disseminate
geo-referenced environmental data which could be incorporated
the geospatial data which each organization holds, the
characteristics of these data, their condition, and their
suitability for inclusion in the NEO-EDEN data base;
priorities for collecting and documenting these data on the
basis of their demand, geographic extent, uniqueness, and other
criteria to be determined by the NEO- EDEN organizations and
other data which are not currently available in digital form
which might be suitable for adding to the NEO-EDEN data bases.
will it be done?
project and its schedule is currently in the planning phase.
However, it is likely that the inventory survey will be distributed
in early fall. Data collection and development of web and ftp sites
will be undertaken over the fall and winter. Introduction of the web
and ftp sites will probably occur in the winter or spring. Long-term
maintenance of the network will depend on future funding and
do you contact for more information?
NODIS - The Urban Center, Levin College of Urban Affairs,
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Department of Geography, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242
voice: (330) 672-3222
fax: (330) 672-4304
Dept. of Geography. & Planning, University of Akron, Akron,
voice: (330) 972-8037
fax: (330) 972-6080
Center for Urban Studies, Youngstown State University,
Youngstown, Ohio 44555-3355
voice: (330) 742-3355
fax: (330) 742-1527