• Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS)

Cultural Resources Standards and Data Overview

In 2002, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16 designated the National Park Service as the lead agency to develop standards for cultural resources spatial data. CRGIS became the lead program to fulfill this mandate. By 2008, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) unanimously voted to sponsor the development of Federal-wide mandatory spatial data standards for cultural resources under the lead of CRGIS.

CRGIS works with our partners and NPS programs, in particular the NPS GIS Council and the NPS Cultural Resources Subcommittee, to develop and refine these standards for use in GIS data exchanges within the National Park Service. We provide training and guidance for parks, regions, and programs as they begin to develop and implement the standards in their offices and park units. Additionally, CRGIS works with the FGDC as Theme Lead for Cultural Resources datasets throughout the federal government, providing accountability for the dissemination and availability of these datasets including the NPS's own National Register of Historic Places spatial data.

Within the National Park Service's GIS and Cultural Resources communities, all of this work has helped to at last develop an NPS Cultural Resources GIS dataset at the National/Enterprise-level. The Enterprise dataset serves to provide a geographic representation of all resources cataloged by more than a dozen cultural resources-related databases and programs inside the NPS. The use of the CR Standards helps to provide a mechanism for displaying relationships about these resources between the various databases and programs.

For more information on all of these efforts, please click on the links in the menu to the left.