What Makes for Strong Statewide GIS Coordination? High Performing States Weigh In

Strong statewide GIS coordination is good government. It:

  • Reduces duplication of efforts
  • Builds and maintains foundational data layers
  • Ensures access to public data
  • Leverages economies of scale for products, software, and services
  • Augments the knowledge base of professionals in the field
  • Establishes standards and best practices through collaborative processes

In short, it supports efficiency, integration, and smart decision-making.

Last week, NSGIC published Best Practices for State Geospatial Maturity: Coordination.

Growing from the 2019 Geospatial Maturity Assessment, this document is the second in a series of best practices collected from “honor roll” states based on individual GMA report cards. In addition to coordination, this series covers addresses (published in July 2020); NG9-1-1 data and transportation data (published later in 2020); and cadastre data, hydrography data, elevation data, and orthoimagery data (published in 2021).

Check out this new publication to hear from state representatives in the top tier of coordination to learn about their drivers of success: Dan Ross of Minnesota, Matt Peters of Utah, Kent Anness of Kentucky, John Adams of Vermont, Shelby Johnson of Arkansas, David Blackstone of Ohio, Megan Compton of Indiana, and Cy Smith of Oregon.

Together, these insights informed a succinct set of best practices, challenges, and lessons learned.

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