All Points note the development of a blog by an unnamed USGS employee. The continued disruption to the USGS and the potential of outsourcing large proportions of its activities to commercial operators is clearly causing some concern amongst its staff.
At the end of the day I believe that the collection of national spatial data must be a well funded activity either by central/federal government or by the users of the data purchasing licensed data – it appears that the current plans for the USGS still falls somewhere between the two.
Outsourcing may in the sort term reduce costs, but there is still a more fundamental issue of long term consistent funding – the fact that the most powerful nation on earth does not have modern consistent national mapping is shocking.
Written and submitted from home, using my home 802.11 network.