GIS in Your State -  Here’s What’s Going On and Who’s in Charge

By Joe Francica

US State GIS Information2 Do you know what GIS activities are happening in your state? The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), a coordinating body of statewide GIS administrators, has compiled a list of activities occurring within each state and links to resources for data and project information. Directions Magazine has formatted this list for easy viewing by state.This is a tremendous resource guide that you will want to bookmark for future reference.Directions Magazine appreciates the cooperative effort we have had with NSGIC and we thank the board, especially Zolt Nagy, for granting permission to publish this information.
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

ALABAMA

Berry H.(Nick) Tew
State Geologist
Geological Survey of Alabama
P.O.Box 869999
420 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-6999
Phone: 205.349.2852
Fax: 205.349.2861
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: (Metadata Clearinghouse node maintained by Geological Survey of Alabama): http://www.gsa.state.al.us

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Initiation of development of a GIS strategic/business plan for AL (AL Dept.of Revenue, Property Tax Division).
  • Initiation of development of AL Flood Map Modernization Program with FEMA (AL Office of Water Resources-Dept.of Economic and Community Affairs, other partners)
  • Activities related to The National Map.
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Continuation of strategic/business planning process.
  • Continued progress in coordination and cooperation within the state.
  • Development of funding and other resources for geospatial activities.
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Funding and other resources for GIS development and activities.
  • Coordination and communication.
  • Education of decision makers relative to the significant benefits associated with geospatial technologies and data.
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • There are numerous cooperative efforts in Alabama, among partners at all levels.Generally, these are driven by specific needs or projects.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • GIS mission statement: N/A
  • GIS Statutory authority: N/A
  • GIS Coordinator: N/A
  • GIS Coordinating Body: N/A (no statutory body, several ad hoc coalitions and forums)
  • GIS Personnel Classifications: N/A
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: varies among entities and levels of government
  • GIS Data Standards: N/A
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.): N/A
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.: N/A

ALASKA
Richard McMahon
Data Processing Manager
Land Records Information Section
Alaska Dept.of Natural Resources
550 W.7th Ave.Suite 706
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-269-8836
Fax: 907-269-8920
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://www.asgdc.state.ak.us/
Federal Node: http://agdc.usgs.gov

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Expanded Public Access with online applications
  • Implementation of Oracle / Java framework for GIS business application development
  • Strengthened interagency partnerships on cooperative projects
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Linking local government parcel databases to State Recorder's Office data; building cadastral web services model for local-state-federal real-time access; creating statewide parcel maps
  • Developing shared (multi-dept) approach to Oracle-based GIS framework
  • Improved statewide digital elevation models; expand use of ortho-imagery
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Migrating file-based GIS systems into relational databases; OGC interoperability issues
  • Developing a shared approach to Oracle-based GIS framework among multiple departments; implementing a common data-center environment
  • Coordinated Multi-agency statewide migration to NAD83.
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners: E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.: F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: http://agdc.usgs.gov
  • GIS Statutory authority: Alaska Statute 09.25.110-09.25.220
  • GIS Coordinator: State & Federal Co-Chair AGDC
  • GIS Coordinating Body: Alaska Geographic Data Committee (AGDC)
  • GIS Personnel Classifications: mixed (Cartographers, Analyst/Programmers, etc.) http://www.jobs.state.ak.us/
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: regulation: 6AAC Chapter 96 Public Information
  • GIS Data Standards: http://agdc.usgs.gov
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.):
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.:

ARIZONA
Gene Trobia
State Cartographer
Arizona State Cartographer's Office
1616 West Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-3190
Fax: 602-542-2600
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://www.land.state.az.us/alris/

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Updated metadata on Arizona Land Resource Information System data.
  • Creating a state portal to allow data sharing and GIS services.
  • Establishing geodetic control to integrate state and local data.
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Establishing Arizona Height Modernization.
  • Establishing an Arizona GIS Clearinghouse.
  • Establish and maintain an Arizona FIREMAP.
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • State statutes hinder data sharing.
  • Lack of updated aerial photography and spatially accurate street centerlines with address ranges.
  • Lack of resources.
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • IPA with USGS to work on the NSGIC/NACo/USGS National Map Partnership Project.
  • CTM grant to create an Arizona clearinghouse as part of the National Map.
  • NGS State Advisor Program.
  • FEMA grant to develop a statewide GIS data, contacts and services network for First Responders and Emergency Managers.
  • Working with the Arizona Professional Land Surveyor's Association to develop a new designation of Geospatial professional.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • The creation of the Arizona FIREMAP to manage forest health and fuels treatment programs statewide.
  • Arizona Geodata Clearinghouse will be the State's first clearinghouse to allow data downloads.
F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: The mission of the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) is to coordinate the development and management of geographic information in Arizona.AGIC supports the use of GIS and geospatial technologies to address problems and manage the natural, economic and infrastructure resources of the state.
  • GIS Statutory authority: The Arizona Land Resources Information System and the Arizona State Cartographer's Office are established by Arizona Revised Statutes and Arizona Geographic Information Council was established by Executive Order.
  • GIS Coordinator: Arizona State Cartographer's Office.
  • GIS Coordinating Body: Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC).
  • GIS Personnel Classifications: GIS position descriptions have been broadbanded into generic IT positions. When recruiting specific GIS characteristics may be identified.
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: State statute currently prohibits distribution of data without considering the commercial value of the data
  • GIS Data Standards: FGDC standards are adopted by the State (unless a specific standard is deemed not in the best interests of the state).
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.): The budget for the Arizona Land Resources Information System, the State Cartographer's Office and the Arizona Geographic Information Council (statewide GIS) is approximately $660,000. There is approximately $120,000 in a non-lapsing Revolving Account for data development and acquisition and to hold an annual State GIS Conference. There is also about $300,000 in current grant funding. This only includes statewide GIS budgets and does not include budgets for state agencies conducting departmental GIS.
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.: Publishing Mapping Arizona (scheduled for August 2004).
G.Other comments: (e.g., Has participation in NSGIC benefited your state's geospatial efforts?)
  • Participation in NSGIC has greatly benefited our state's GIS Council by providing information and models of what other states are doing, knowledge of federal programs and a network of experts to discuss geospatial data and GIS development issues.

ARKANSAS
Shelby D Johnson
State Geographic Information Coordinator
Arkansas Geographic Information Office
Office of Information Technology
124 West Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-2767
Fax: 501-682-2040
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://www.gis.state.ar.us

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • The County Assessor Mapping Program (CAMP) is a statewide initiative to implement digital cadastral mapping in all 75 Assessor offices in Arkansas. In 2003, the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department (AACD) and the Arkansas Geographic Information Office (AGIO) formed a partnership to begin this task. The program is available to any county. In just over a year 71 counties have joined the program. Through the program 58 counties have received training and are currently building their digital cadastre data. Prior to the launch of this program in 2002 less than three counties were conducting digital cadastral data development, none were standardized and none of these documented metadata. At present 95% of Arkansas counties are or will be developing digital cadastral data in a consistent and standardized manner. The program participant status is reported each month at the following web site http://www.gis.state.ar.us/Programs/Programs_current/CAMP/status.htm Building on the success of the program the state adopted a statewide digital cadastral data standard on July 2, 2004 and is now an Official State Rule and Regulation. This standard is based upon the federal cadastral core data standard.
  • The AGIO developed the Arkansas Centerline File (ACF) Program. The ACF program is designed to compile a standardized statewide road centerline GIS map data layer that can be used by all levels of government, the private sector and individuals.The ACF Program is unique in that the entire dataset is built from many different local source (city and county) datasets using a common standard.One very unique aspect of the ACF Program is that there is technology transfer that allows for the data maintenance to be done at the local level.The AGIO does not create or develop any data.The State simply integrates the various local sources into a common format in a standardized and consistent manner across jurisdictional boundaries.The ACF Standard is an Official State Rule and Regulation. During the past year more than 15 counties developing centerline data have achieved compliance with the standard and their data is published in the state GIS clearinghouse. Seven counties are in the process of being tested for compliance with the standard and 23 counties are at various stages of completion following the standard. An additional seven counties are presently in the bid process.During this past year of 75 counties 52 have achieved standard compliance or are working toward compliance, representing 69% of Arkansas counties.
  • Utilization of the GeoStor, the State's GIS data clearinghouse, continues to grow.
  • The system now has over 3,300 registered users who continue to return to the clearinghouse for data. The system now records an average of over 2,500 data downloads monthly.
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Statewide participation in the County Assessor Mapping Program
  • Statewide participation in the Centerline File Program
  • Continued support for agency to operate as General Revenue Agency
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Identifying a sustainable source of revenue for local data development and maintenance.
  • Continued education of state and local policy makers about the strategic use of GIS.
  • Aligning local, state and federal data development objectives.


D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:

  • Arkansas has a significant partnership with the USGS jointly pursuing National Map activities. The state is working closely through the Census Regional Office in the coordination of TIGER modernization efforts. The state is presently defining the GIS coordination role in the FEMA Flood Map Modernization program as well. On the state level many state agencies are working to build state and local level data for a variety of applications. These activities are frequently highlighted under the News section located at http://www.gis.state.ar.us
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • Cadastral data by counties, road centerline data by cities, counties, planning and development districts, the One-Call (Call Before Dig) Center, the state Transportation Department and the Census Bureau.
F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: The Arkansas State Land Information Board coordinates geographic information programs and delivers data products and education, improving resource management, health, safety, and decision making for economic development across Arkansas.
  • GIS Statutory Authority: Arkansas Code 15-21501, http://www.gis.state.ar.us/ASLIB_index.htm
  • GIS Coordinator: Arkansas Code 15-21-503
  • GIS Coordinating Body: Arkansas Code 15-21-503
  • GIS Personnel Classifications: N/A
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: The AGIO has recommended to the State Land Information Board to adopt the FGDC Guidelines for Providing Appropriate Access to Geospatial Data in Response to Security Concerns as a state guideline for distributing data.
  • GIS Data Standards: http://www.gis.state.ar.us/Documents/Standards_index.htm
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.): $700,380
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.:
G.Other comments: (e.g., Has participation in NSGIC benefited your state's geospatial efforts?)
  • Yes. The state has received tremendous benefit from participating in NSGIC.

CALIFORNIA
John Ellison
Agency Information Technology Officer
California Resources Agency
1416 9th St., Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-2238
Fax: (916) 653-1802
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://www.ceres.ca.gov

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Completed the California Spatial Information Library (www.gis.ca.gov)
  • Established the California GIS Council (http://gis.ca.gov/council/)
  • The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection completed state needs assessment for digital lands information system
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Identify and promote solution for statewide digital lands information system
  • Cultivate high-level state government sponsorship for GIS coordination and the California GIS Council
  • Obtain funding for GIS coordination activities
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Need to establish Office and function of the Geographic Information Officer
  • Gain Governor's cabinet level sponsorship of GIS coordination (e.g., California GIS Council)
  • Obtain Governor's office endorsement of initiative to obtain Federal appropriation to fund high-resolution satellite image of entire state to promote collaborative acquisition and sharing in support of government services at all levels (e.g., federal, state and local)
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • California Resources Agency and USGS have formed partnership in pursuit of the National Map. Resources Agency also works closely with the California Geographic Information Association to facilitate formation and function of regional GIS councils.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • The California Resources Agency has recently completed the first ever assembly of a statewide county plan data set. This data set is available at no cost on-line at http://gis.ca.gov/catalog/ under the California Legacy Project Data Collection. The California GIS Council has passed a resolution seeking a Federal appropriation to fund the procurement of high resolution (e.g., sub meter) for California (see http://gis.ca.gov/council/docs/Imagery_Resolution-FINAL.rtf). The objective is to promote a collaborative approach to imagery acquisition and sharing.
F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: From the Charter for the California GIS Council..." The California Geographic Information System Council, hereinafter "The Council," will enable governments to work together to develop, maintain and share accurate, consistent place-based information that is accessible to all Californians and the agencies and organizations that serve them."
  • GIS Statutory authority: None directly related to GIS per se. Some references to coordinating mapping can be found in statute.
  • GIS Coordinator: California does not have a GIS Coordinator
  • GIS Coordinating Body: California GIS Council (http://gis.ca.gov/council/)
  • GIS Personnel Classifications:
    • Research Analyst I (GIS)
    • Research Analyst II (GIS)
    • Research Manager I (GIS)
    • Research Manager II (GIS)
    • Research Manager III (GIS)
    • Research Program Specialist I (GIS)
    • Research Program Specialist II (GIS)
    • Research Program Specialist III (GIS)
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: No formal California State GIS data distribution policy exists. There may be a few distribution policies among individual state government agencies.
  • GIS Data Standards: De facto metadata standard represented by CERES (http://www.ceres.ca.gov). Otherwise there are no formal GIS data standards in place. California GIS data are strongly influenced by Federal standards.
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.): Impossible to say. There is no California State Government GIS Budget. GIS efforts scattered throughout many individual state agencies.
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.: N/A
G.Other comments: (e.g., Has participation in NSGIC benefited your state's geospatial efforts?)
  • NSGIC activities have been of value to GIS coordination in California in general. Our partnership with USGS will allow us to have representation at the upcoming NSGIC conference in Austin, TX.
  • California continues to lag behind much of the rest of the Nation in coordinating its geospatial activities at a state level. However, individual state agencies heavily invested in GIS continue to coordinate with each other and partners in the federal, local government, academic and private sectors to share data and realize efficiencies. The current fiscal crisis and change in state administration have distracted many state government agencies with more basic issues of funding and restructuring. It is very difficult to get high level attention to technical issues like GIS at this time.
  • Local governments and professional associations are very active in coordinating geospatial efforts throughout the state. We have also benefited greatly from the efforts of the Open GIS Consortium (http://www.opengis.org/) and the Open Data Consortium (http://www.opendataconsortium.org/). The model Data Distribution Policy created by the latter holds great potential for promoting the development of organization specific data sharing policies throughout the state.

COLORADO
Heather Hicks
GIS Coordinator
Department of Natural Resources
1313 Sherman Street
Room 423
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-2170
Fax: 303-866-3415
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://www.aclin.org

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Received grant for inclusion in The National Map
  • Received grant for Homeland Security to assess, exercise and train for emergency response preparedness
  • Received grant to fund temporary full-time State GIS Coordinator
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Build geospatial data repository
  • Secure funding for State GIS Coordinator
  • Implementation plan for GIS Crisis and Response Center
  • Assessment, exercise and training for state's emergency response capabilities and capacities
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Lack of support and funding for a full-time, permanent State level GIS Coordinator
  • Lack of agency participation and cooperation
  • Lack of support from highest levels of government for creation of GIS program/office
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • Colorado has partnered with several agencies to build at central geospatial data repository for the state.The USGS is supporting the state in developing the infrastructure to become part of The National Map.Additionally, Colorado is working with the Department of Homeland Security to improve access to and dissemination of data for emergency response. Other federal partners are interested in collaborating on data sharing and partnerships are being developed to support common goals and share imagery.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • The Colorado DOT is working with several local agencies to develop an integrated, statewide roads GIS layer that includes data produced by local governments and CDOT. Local agencies are serving as data producers and custodians, with CDOT serving as an area integrator for those jurisdictions. CDOT is fulfilling the producer and custodian role for areas that do not have local cooperators.Eleven jurisdictions have completed the integration process, and another 10-20 are expected to do so in the next year. Another 58 jurisdictions have provided GIS datasets on a one-time basis for inclusion, but are not yet participating in the integrated, shared GIS layer portion of the project.Discussions are also ongoing with the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management regarding their participation in the shared layer.
  • The Division of Wildlife has map-enabled its existing and popular Web site with context-sensitive map delivery by leveraging technology provided by The Natural Diversity Information Source (NDIS) MapIt! Application. Supporting maps for any area, species, or project mentioned on the site can now be made available to the Division's diverse clientele via MapIt's interactive mapping interface.Development focused on support for the approximately 300,000 licensed hunters, 900,000 licensed anglers and the countless number of outdoor enthusiasts who like to hike, camp, or watch wildlife in any of DOW's 230 recreation areas. Currently MapIt! provides over 800 map links off the Division's site.
F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet) G.Other comments: (e.g., Has participation in NSGIC benefited your state's geospatial efforts?)
  • Colorado has been trying to implement at statewide GIS program. Having the foundation and models from other states is helping Colorado's GIS and IT communities demonstrate to policy makers the importance of GIS and support that other states are willing to give to GIS.This year Colorado is attempting to build a central spatial data repository, and we look forward to learning of other similar projects and experiences from other member states.We hope to participate more fully in NSGIC activities in the future.

CONNECTICUT
Steven O.Fish
Director
CT Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-424-3642
Fax: 860-424-4058
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: NONE

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Completion of 2004 Statewide Flight to capture the digital orthophoto quads
  • Interagency effort toward establishing a geospatial web portal and geospatial data
  • warehouse in cooperation with Department of Information Technology.
  • Workgroup progress toward development portal requirements.
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Making the 2004 orthophotos available for viewing and download through the state portal.
  • Passage of legislation and/or the establishment of an executive order to formally recognize the CT Geospatial Council.
  • Access to geospatial data to support emergency responders through a statewide incident/crisis management system and preparation for TOPOFF 3 exercise in April, '05
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Development of a business plan by the Council for cooperative development and maintenance of framework data and geospatial data.
  • Creation of a mechanism to cooperatively fund the development and maintenance of framework data through a formally established Council.
  • Dedicated long-term funding for data update and maintenance.
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • Statemap - Scanning of geologic maps and development of geology coverages to add to the GIS.
  • NHD - Working with USGS through a joint funding agreement that will result in statewide coverage of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) at 1:24K scale resolution as a part of the National Map.
  • NDDB - Utilize Biotics, a customized database and GIS application for tracking endangered species distributions developed by NatureServ and Linnet. It applies Natural Heritage methodology used in environmental permitting review
  • National Map - besides the NHD work, the DEP continues to work with selected datasets to add to the National Map.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • GDT data - statewide license through the E911 OSET.
  • 2004 Statewide Flight - cooperatively funded for the first time through a multi-agency agreement.
  • HS critical infrastructure - working with several state agencies to identify the source and location of critical infrastructure data for use in a statewide incident/crisis management system.
F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: The mission of the CT Geospatial Council is to develop and administer policies and processes regarding statewide geospatial Information: to provide common data access for all authorized users to the geospatial data; and to specify the geospatial technical architecture for the State of Connecticut.
  • GIS Statutory authority: N/A
  • GIS Coordinator: Interim Coordinator/Chair: Steven Fish, EGIC, DEP
  • GIS Coordinating Body: CT Geospatial Council
  • GIS Personnel Classifications: N/A
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: distribution via web and CD
  • GIS Data Standards:
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.): Varies; combination of available funds from different agencies made up of federal funds and state funds.
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.: FIS RFP released in Spring 2004
G.Other comments: (e.g., Has participation in NSGIC benefited your state's geospatial efforts?)
  • New membership for me - information and contacts through my membership with NSGIC this past year has been most helpful in the work that is currently underway here in CT.

DELAWARE
Michael B.Mahaffie
Principal Planner
Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination
540 S.DuPont Hwy.
3rd Floor Suite 7
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-3090
Fax: (302) 739-6958
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://datamil.udel.edu/metadata/

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Secured funding and legislative authority to migrate Delaware DataMIL from Development site at University of Delaware, to Production environment within Department of technology and Information.
  • Developed and approved Acceptable Use Policy, Agreements, and process for distribution of 1⁄4-meter pixel resolution orthophotography, deemed a potential security risk by homeland security officials.
  • Completed effort to fund completion of NHD for final portion of the state.All CU's that include Delaware are expected to be updated by end of calendar year 2004.
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Legislation creating an official Delaware GIS Coordination office, with line-item funding and an appointed Geospatial Council.
  • Completion of DataMIL migration.
  • Completion of integrated County/State process for maintenance of Transportation portion of the Framework.
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Lack of direct, legislative, coordination authority and spatial data funding.
  • Retaining skilled, trained GIS staff within County government.
  • Cementing data steward responsibilities for key framework layers.
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • Delaware is negotiating with USGS EROS Data Center for archiving and distribution of State orthophotography.We are also working with USGS, USDA and FEMA on projects to gather and make full use of high-resolution elevation data.USGS has helped align part of Delaware's road centerline data with new orthophotography.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • Delaware has begun a project to create a statewide address-point data set for use in 911 and emergency response applications.This will be integrated with the local/state transportation data effort.The Delaware DataMIL has spawned several state and local IMS web sites that will eventually be cross linked with the DataMIL to create a distributed on-line spatial data Framework.
F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: A "Problem Statement" approved by the Delaware Spatial Data Framework Implementation Team:
  • http://www.state.de.us/planning/coord/dgdc/i-t_problem.htm
  • GIS Statutory authority: 29 Delaware Code §9101(g)(4) (4) Delaware Geographic Data Committee and Comprehensive State Planning Database System.(http://www.delcode.state.de.us/title29/c091/sc01/index.htm#P15_157 )
  • GIS Coordinator: Michael B.Mahaffie
  • GIS Coordinating Body: Delaware Spatial Data Implementation Team and the Delaware Geographic Data Committee
  • GIS Personnel Classifications: N/A
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: No defined policy, other than legislative mandate, in citation noted above, "to insure the implementation of a coordinated program to catalog and distribute geographic data."
  • GIS Data Standards: In development.
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.): None.
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.: http://www.state.de.us/planning/coord/dgdc/index.htm
G.Other comments: (e.g., Has participation in NSGIC benefited your state's geospatial efforts?)
  • NSGIC has been a vital resource in our effort to improve the coordination of GIS and spatial data efforts in Delaware

GEORGIA
Lisa Westin
Senior GIS Specialist
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, NE
Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: 404-679-3135
Fax: 404-679-0572
Email: mailto:lwestin@dca.state.ga.us

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://www.gis.state.ga.us

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Working with EPA under grant funding for development of the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI), Georgia has completed the update of the NWI data set for Georgia.
  • The state has implemented an online annexation reporting tool. These annexations will be passed on to the US Census Bureau to assist with BAS.
  • Revisions have been completed to provide more options for data delivery via Georgia's GIS Clearinghouse, http://gis.state.ga.us. The clearinghouse application has been updated to allow for the sale of local government data in compliance with state laws that allow local governments to recover GIS development cost through the sale of data. Changes were also implemented to allow the Georgia GIS Clearinghouse to respond to queries through the Geospatial One-stop search engine. The Georgia GIS clearinghouse is offering searchable metadata for themes that include administrative boundaries, labor statistics, census population and housing, labor statistics, population projections, economic development data, natural resources data and more.
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Georgia will continue efforts to complete the update of GSDI Framework layers in the upcoming year with updates for transportation and imagery. We also need to develop a maintenance strategy for these framework layers.
  • Georgia hopes to increase the cost efficiencies of the State's procurement of GIS software and data through the greater use of enterprise contracts. During the upcoming year, Georgia hopes to establish contracts for commonly used imagery and desktop GIS software.
  • Georgia hopes to complete the data collection for the TIGER modernization project.
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Funding remains a general challenge for all State activities as tax revenue continues to decline and Georgia, like many other states, is faced with budget cuts and fiscal constraints.
  • Intergovernmental coordination. A continuing challenge for the State is coordinating the successes of the local government GIS programs with those of State agencies and our federal partners.
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • Coordination with the U.S.Bureau of the Census on the Boundary & Annexation Survey, and the TIGER Modernization project.
  • NHRGIS: Georgia is working on its first effort to cooperatively develop cultural resources information for use by multiple agencies. Under this project, which will be completed in the upcoming year, Georgia's Archeological and historical cultural resources databases are being redesigned and integrated with web based tools to ensure greater accuracy and provide better access to data used to support a variety of state applications from historic preservation to comprehensive planning. Guidance for this effort, funded by the FHWA, is being given by the States GIS Coordinating Committee which has set up a technical advisory board of agency stakeholder for that purpose.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • Trip Planning Georgia received a grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the development of a web based rip planning tools.
  • The GISCC is working with Georgia Technology Authority procurement staff to establish enterprise contract for procurement of off the shelf imagery products and for GIS software. It is anticipated that this effort will greatly reduce overall expenditures for GIS related purchases.
F.Please provide the following information; (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet) G.Other comments: (e.g., Has participation in NSGIC benefited your state's geospatial efforts?)
  • NSGIC remains an important point of contact for the state as Georgia continues to look to the best practices of other states in its efforts to develop GIS in the most efficient manner.

HAWAII
Craig Tasaka
GIS Program Manager
Dept.of Business, Economic Development and Tourism / Office of Planning
P.O.Box 2359
Honolulu, HI 96804
Phone: (808) 587-2894
Fax: (808) 587-2899
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://clearinghouse.esri.com/ESRIgateway.htm

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Began to fill in DOQQ gaps-there is no existing DOQQ statewide coverage
  • Began to acquire LIDAR data for Oahu and portions of Maui
  • Received a Federal Homeland Security grant to build GIS capacity within the State Civil Defense Division
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Fill in remaining DOQQ gaps
  • Update our Statewide GIS Strategic Plan
  • Improve address range data
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Finding funding sources to acquire new or update existing data sets
  • Gaining support at the upper levels of State government
  • Acquisition of cloud-free remotely sensed data
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • Our Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council, a body of Federal, State, local, private and non-profit partners, planned, coordinated and sponsored a successful Statewide GIS conference.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.:
  • DOQQ and LIDAR acquisitions mentioned in A
F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: The Office of Planning GIS Program leads a multi-agency effort to establish, promote, and coordinate the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology among Hawaii State Government agencies.The State Office of Planning is responsible for the planning and coordination of activities that are critical to the State's enterprise GIS.The primary goal of the Statewide GIS Program is to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness in government decision-making.
  • GIS Statutory authority: Chapter 225M, Hawaii Revised Statutes
  • GIS Coordinator: Craig Tasaka
  • GIS Coordinating Body: Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council
  • GIS Personnel Classifications: N/A at the State level; 3 of the 4 counties have classifications in place
  • GIS Data Distribution Policy: Anything considered public information is free
  • GIS Data Standards: Loosely follow National Map Accuracy standards
  • GIS Budget (including grants, etc.): minimal
  • Other policies, publications, RFPs, etc.:

IDAHO
Nathan Bentley
State GIS Coordinator
Department of Administration - ITRMC Staff
650 West State Street Room 100
PO Box 0042
Boise, ID 83720-0042
Phone: 208-332-1879
Fax: 208-332-1884
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State GIS Clearinghouse URL: http://www.insideidaho.org

A.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial accomplishments during the past year:

  • Entered into a multiple agency (State, Federal, Local) Purchase agreement with FSA for statewide 1meter color Digital Orthophoto Quads - Idaho has never had full state coverage of DOQs this purchase will make that happen help fulfill the I-Plan goal for ortho-Imagery.
  • Largest turn out to the Idaho Geospatial Users Meeting 2003 held Fall 2003
  • Working the I-Plan to establishing a priority for data creation and maintenance
B.Describe your state's top 3 geospatial goals for the coming year:
  • Build a statewide CORS data Clearinghouse
  • Identify long term funding solutions for State Clearinghouse
  • Identify Funding for completion of Core Data layers
C.Describe the 3 most significant geospatial challenges for your state:
  • Data Sharing between Local, State and Federal Governments.
  • Funding of core data development and Geospatial Clearinghouse.
  • Establishing lines of communication from the communities through all levels of government.
D.Describe any significant cooperative efforts with Federal, State or Local partners:
  • Idaho Geospatial users have partnered with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to acquire statewide 1 meter Digital Orthophoto Quads, As part of FSA's Agriculture inventory program Idaho geospatial users were invited to participate in with the funding of this data collection.
  • County, Tribal, University, State, Federal governments and private companies partnered to contribute funding for Idaho's Collection.
E.Describe any significant data development activities, innovative applications, cost saving measures, contracts, etc.: F.Please provide the following Information: (enter N/A if not applicable or unknown; also enter a URL if available on the Internet)
  • GIS mission statement: The mission of the Idaho Geospatial Committee is to provide a forum for the GIS community to facilitate the use, development, sharing and management of geospatial data; and to communicate the value of geospatial information to citizens and decision-makers
  • GIS Statutory authority: Ground Water Protection Act of 1989 states that IDWR "has the responsibility to maintain the natural resource GIS for the state" (Idaho Code 39-120)
  • GIS Coordinator: Nathan Bentley - http://www.itrmc.idaho.gov
  • GIS Coordinating Body: Idaho Geospatial Committee formed by Executive Order 2001-07.http://www2.state.id.us/

Published Friday, September 24th, 2004

Written by Joe Francica



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