Jim Barrett, Geospatial and Enterprise Architecture Lead

Mr. Barrett is a highly motivated and flexible Geospatial Analyst, Enterprise Architect and System Engineer.  He has twenty-five years of geospatial experience including: architecture planning, business analysis and method development, business re-engineering, workshop facilitation, user and system requirements management, software development management, technology evaluation, enterprise modeling and database management and design, geospatial-specific strategy, product engineering, systems, processes, data and technology. His subject matter domain expertise in geospatial is primarily in natural resources, earth science, and intelligence with a strong interest in solving land management, natural resource and environmental challenges that take advantage of geospatial information and technologies.  Mr. Barrett has served customers from Sr. Executives, Program Executives, Product Leads, Operational Managers, and Technical Leads. Mr. Barrrett is certified in Enterprise Architecture (FEAC) and ITIL.

Responsible for creating and executing the business plan and operational best practices for Xentity’s geospatial and architecture consulting services.  Responsible for the development of the business strategy, for the geospatial planning and design practices to support large-scale GIS, mapping or location-based services transformations.  Currently providing team lead for project for architectural design services to the USGS Land and Remote Sensing program’s assessment of federal earth observation portfolio.  Providing system design services for the supporting requirements management system that will be used to evolve the assets more effectively. Key focus on the value of environmental and natural resource products and services.


Geospatial Project Roles/Projects Include:

  • NSF EarthCube Architecture Advisory – 2016-Present
  • BLM WO-300 Minerals & Land Management Transformation Architecture Lead 2015-Present
  • USDA Forest Service GIO Support, Defining Geospatial Roles & Responsibilities – 2015
  • State of Colorado Geospatial Architect Transformation – 2015-Present
  • EPA GeoPlatform, Supporting Conceptual Architecture to Mission Rollout, 2013-Present
  • Multiple Water Utility Water Rights Lead Analyst and Geospatial SME – 2013-Present
  • Canadian Avalanche GIS/Risk Management System Assessment – 2013
  • USGS Land Remote Sensing Program Architect 2012- Present
  • geodata.gov Migration and Data.gov Conceptual Architecture – 2010-2012
  • Indonesia NSDI Geospatial Architect – 2009
  • Enterprise Architect for USGS National Geospatial Programs Office May 2007 – January 2012

Project Synopsis

USGS The National Map/NGP –  From 2007-2011, as USGS Geospatial Data Acquisition & Production Lifecycle Architect, Mr. Barrett was responsible for providing USGS senior management and operations centers strategic, business and technical planning and design consultation services.  Established a series of transformational recommendations to improve business performance accountability in data acquisition, operations, and planning.   Provide facilitation, enterprise modeling,  change management and transition planning skills to multiple levels of an organization to facilitate transformation results.  Developed enterprise data collection, data management lifecycle methods and processes that improved data acquisition and eliminated redundancies.. Coordinated co-development approaches for key technical components to reduce total cost of ownership.  Developed geospatial planning systems to facilitate the long-term acquisition and data stewardship for The National Map.  The architectures and recommendations have demonstrated improvements to resource efficiency and program effectiveness measured in tangible cost benefits and increase program performance to the USGS mapping program including its NSDI responsibilities: The National Map (TNM), Geospatial One Stop (GOS) and National Atlas which are based on ESRI technologies. Mr. Barrett initiated revisions of national policy to improve Geo-Names management, LIDAR research, and Ortho-imagery acquisition. He has provided geospatial consulting services to the following programs: National Atlas, National Elevation Dataset, National Hydrography Dataset, Geospatial One Stop, Data.gov, EPA National Geospatial Program, Geospatial Line of Business and NGP.

Indonesia NSDI Architect – In 2009, Mr. Barrett was responsible for providing enterprise planning consulting services that are leading the architectural and system development of the Indonesian NSDI. This effort includes coordinating the integration and rollout of 11 large ministries spatial and metadata assets into a coordinated metadata infrastructure, standards-based data and map services and data architecture. System is designed to be conformant with national geospatial policy Peres 85/2007, interoperability standards, ISO and OGC, with recognition of the need to integrate national mapping and data standards from multiple participating ministries. Project includes the development of Operational Concepts, System Requirements, and Governance models, Business and System Architectures (ESRI) and Software Specifications.  The design approach was derived from an evaluation of existing ministries practices, technologies and development projects to ensure a logical transition and maximize the reuse of investments in data, technology and systems. Future tasks include leading the development of knowledge management and training plans that will transform legacy workforce skills to the needs of the target operating environment.  Responsible for the development of the system implementation plan which will address the installation of a VPN for the ministries, a data center, distributed set of hardware (servers, mass storage), COTS infrastructure, metadata catalogs, clearinghouses and gateways, digital cartographic publishing processes and security mechanisms.

Near Earth Observation Portfolio – Mr. Barrett is currently leading a project to develop requirements management system and earth observation architecture for and collaborating with the USGS, NOAA, and NASA.  The tools are designed to facilitate the transformation of the existing earth observation portfolio into a more cost-effective future implementation while continuing to advance the technical capabilities of the portfolio.

Interior Enterprise Architecture – From 2002 thru 2006, Mr. Barrett, was the lead trusted advisor to the Department of Interior (DOI) Chief Architect and senior business management and led the development of the award-winning design of the DOI Enterprise Architecture (EA) program. This included a program-driven target business analysis and transformation model, governance, and integration with GAO IT Investment Maturity (ITIM) and DOI Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC) models that have been the backbone of the DOI EA program since. This direction led to the development of the Methodology for Business Transformation and resulting in over thirteen department-wide bureau-led blueprints which have had a lasting positive transformational impact on the DOI mission portfolio. Project management and technical lead for a group of  8 to 25 architects and analysts.  Responsible for the technical performance of Enterprise Architecture contracts for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management.  Created the requisite strategies to develop the business and technical architectures to address land and resource management activities including NEPA, Wildland Fire, Recreation  Additionally, lead the development of the change management strategies and supporting methodologies to introduce the architectures into the organization.  Coordinated a team of architects in the development of the DOI’s enterprise architecture knowledge base repository.  Responsible for the overall quality of the contract deliverables including critical business transformation products describing the current state of business functionality and information technology,  it’s planned future state and the supporting transition plans.  Facilitated sessions with executive management, subject matter experts, and technologists to ensure the endorsement of key findings and recommendations.  Developed the DOI’s Geospatial Services Architecture and represented the DOI at the Federal Geospatial Line of Business planning workshops.  Resulting Geospatial Services Architecture Blueprint was adopted as DOI Policy.  Delivered: Methodology for Business Transformation (MBT) 2006, DOI Geospatial Service Blueprint – 2007, DOI Wildland Fire Blueprint – 2006, DOI Recreation Blueprint – 2005, and         DOI Financial Blueprint – 2006

Interior Geospatial Architecture – Mr. Barrett was the first in the Federal civilian sector to develop a department-wide strategy and implementation plan for delivering online geospatial data products and information services. Simultaneously, he facilitated the adoption of said services by the business community using the best practices of customer relationship management. The collaborative award-winning effort was sponsored and coordinated by a cross-program group of deputy assistant secretaries and led the transformation from fragmented data orientation to coordinated online service orientation.

At Space Imaging (now Digital Globe): Mr. Barrett, as a program director, was responsible for the development of the WWW business model and it’s supporting implementation architectures.  He managed the development and implementation of Internet SCOTS-based applications that supported imagery archive search, ordering, product generation and delivery functions.  Mr. Barrett led the integration with existing production systems and E-commerce functionality.  He was responsible for the engineering and integration of WWW-based products and services and led the development and execution of the Internet Business Plan.  Mr. Barrett was responsible to maintain the archives systems for Landsat, Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, and IKONOS. He managed internal staff and supporting contractors to meet business objectives and was Space Imaging’s representative to the Open GIS Consortium (OGC).

Mr. Barrett has also worked at:

  •  Northrop Grumman, Enterprise Architect           
  • Bureau of Land Management,  System Engineer                 
  • Computer Sciences Corporation,  Computer Scientist                     
  • Defense Mapping Agency,  Database Manager , Cartographic  Analyst      
  • Bohannan-Huston Engineering,  Photogrammetric Technician      

Other Highlights and Publications

  • Lead Enterprise Architect for Department of the Interior’s award winning architecture program 2002-2006
  • Award-winning Cartographic Analyst and Database Manager at Defense Mapping Agency 1984-1990 (now NGA)
  • Technical analyst to Defense Mapping Agency Mark 85 and 90 modernization programs.
  • Lead System Engineer on a $200 million dollar Geospatial system development program at BLM – 1993 -1996
  • Program Manager and Software Engineer for ACINT systems for Naval Intelligence – 1990 – 1992
  • Association of Enterprise Architecture cites MBT and DOI EA program – 2004
  • Methodology for Business Transformation (MBT) 2006
  • DOI Geospatial Service Blueprint – 2007
  • DOI Wildland Fire Blueprint – 2006
  • DOI Recreation Blueprint – 2005
  • DOI Financial Blueprint – 2006
  • NGP Program and Product Planning Blueprint – 2009
  • NGP Acquisition and Production Blueprint – 2010
  • Data Interoperability Conference Presentation – 2010
  • Data.gov architecture and geospatial requirements – 2011
  • EPA Geoplatform Architecture Services – 2014
  • USGS Remote Sensing NEO Architecture and Requirements – 2014


  • Rutgers College New Brunswick, NJ 1981,
    • Major Field: Geography Minor Fields: Automated Cartography and Geology
  • Certified Enterprise Architect
  • Certified in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Services


  • Geospatial Technologies: ERDAS, ArcIMS, ArcSDE, ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS.com, Google Earth, ImageServer, Pixia, ArcMap
  • Geospatial Standards: KML, FGDC Metadata, ISO-19115, ESRI Geodatabase (GDB), Shapefiles, Geospatial Product Metadata Best Practices, TIFF, GeoTIFF, JPIP, JP2, ArcGRID, DEM, LiDAR, WMS, WCS, WFS, WMTS,
  • Databases: Oracle, SQL, Hierarchical, Inverted file
  • Programming Languages: C, Basic, Fortran

Professional Awards

  • Outstanding Performance Award DMA 1990
  • Sustained Superior Performance Award DMA 1989
  • Outstanding Performance Award BLM ,1993,1994,1995
  • Top Enterprise Architecture Program in Federal Government 2004-2007
  • E-Government Award 2006, 2007 for Outstanding Architecture Program