The Delaware DataMIL (Data Mapping and Integration Laboratory) initially began as a pilot project for the USGS National Map. It serves Delaware's Spatial Data Framework, or basic map datasets, on which state agencies, local and county governments, academic GIS users, and the private sector can use for their own needs. The primary impetus was to foster collaboration among data producers at the local, county, state and federal levels and incorporate local knowledge to update digital datasets and hard-copy maps at all levels.
The Framework datasets are considered the most current and up-to-date base map information available. For each framework data set, a steward is identified to take ownership and maintain the only "official" dataset for that part of the Framework. DataMIL can be viewed as the "middle-man" between the data producing steward