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The Digital National Map of the United States of America

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Mark L. DeMulder (United States Geological Survey)
Location: Ballroom III - VI

The National Map, one of the cornerstones of the United States Geological Survey’s National Geospatial Program, is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal, state, and local partners to improve and deliver geospatial information for the nation. This tool has many uses, ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response. The National Map is accessible via the Web and results in products, services, or downloadable data and maps. The geographic information available from The National Map includes orthoimagery (aerial photographs), elevation, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation, structures, and land cover. Other types of geographic information can be superimposed in the National Map viewer or brought in through a geographic information system to create specific types of maps. The National Map is a significant contribution to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and currently is being transformed to better serve the geospatial community by providing improved products and services, including a new generation of digital topographic maps. This presentation will describe its current status and provide an overview of the National Map products and services.

Mark L. DeMulder

United States Geological Survey

In September, 2008, Mr. DeMulder returned to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), after having served for more than two years at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. In his new role at the USGS, Mr. DeMulder, a member of the Senior Executive Service, has responsibility for the National Geospatial Program of the USGS, including its topographic mapping and digital data programs. He has also been selected by the U.S. Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to serve as President of the US National Section to the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, a specialized organization of the OAS.

Until September, 2008, Mr. DeMulder served as Deputy Director, Office of the Chief Architect, at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in addition to his critical role as Director of the National Center for Geospatial Intelligence Standards (NCGIS) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As Deputy Director of NGA’s Office of the Chief Architect, Mr. DeMulder supported enterprise level architecture and engineering strategies by organizing and implementing architecture practices that efficiently advanced and sustained both the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) and the NGA corporate enterprise. As Director of the NCGIS, Mr. DeMulder led the development and implementation of critical Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) standards that support technological advances in the use of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial data.

From 1993 to 2006, Mr. DeMulder served in a range of positions at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia, including the Chief, Data Policy and Standards Branch, in the National Mapping Division of USGS. In this role, he was the senior policy advisor on geospatial data standards activities to the Chief, National Mapping Division. From 1998 through 2002, Mr. DeMulder served in increasingly influential positions within the USGS, including one special assignment working with the Vice President’s National Performance Review to institute geospatial data projects in communities across the United States. This special assignment required close collaboration with industry leaders and with elected officials at multiple levels of government. His efforts resulted in the successful integration of geographic information system technologies, data, and standards in communities of practice as diverse as law enforcement, hazards response, community health, and land-use planning. He also served as the program coordinator for the largest appropriated program in the USGS; the Cooperative Topographic Mapping Program. During this period he led the team that designed the USGS topographic mapping program for the 21st Century, The National Map, and led its implementation. As a result of his leadership on national mapping issues, he served as the primary liaison to the National Academy of Sciences, Mapping Sciences Committee for its review of The National Map, concept, which led to the National Academy Press publication of Weaving a National Map (2003).

From 1989 to 1993, Mr. DeMulder worked for the US Army’s Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center, collocated with the National Photographic Interpretation Center, in Washington DC, as a civilian imagery analyst in the photogrammetry branch. He quickly rose to become the Chief of that Branch. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm, his team worked around the clock, helping to meet the intelligence needs of the deployed forces. He was part of a small team that developed an innovative product that combined geographic information systems technology and national systems data to support battlefield operations.

He began his career as a military officer, serving in the US Air Force as an Imagery Intelligence Officer from 1981 to 1989. He was a distinguished graduate from the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and a distinguished graduate from the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center’s Imagery Intelligence Officer Training Course in Denver Colorado. He received follow-on advanced imagery analysis training through both the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. He served as an imagery analyst at Air Force Systems Command’s Foreign Technology Division at Wright-Patterson AFB, and as the Chief, Imagery Analysis Branch, 496th RTS, RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom.

Mr. DeMulder holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. Degree from George Mason University, both in Geography. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Federal Executive Institute. Mr. DeMulder completed the Department of the Interior’s Senior Executive Service Career Development Program in 2003. In 2007, Mr. DeMulder received the Open Geospatial Consortium’s Vision Award for his work to advance the international geospatial community, and in 2008 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Science at George Mason University. Mr. DeMulder resides in Springfield, Virginia with his family.