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									Coordinating Statewide and
Regional GIS Policy: The Role
of CGIA and BAR-GC


      Mike Skowronek
      • GIS Coordinator, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
      • Board Member, California Geographic Information Association (CGIA)
      • Vice-Chair, Bay Area Regional GIS Council (BAR-GC)
                   Who’s Who?
• CGC = California GIS Council
  (aka “State GIS Council” or “the Council”)
• RGC = Regional GIS Council
• BAR-GC = Bay Area Regional GIS Council
• CGIA = California Geographic Information
  Association

• BAAMA = Bay Area Automated Mapping
  Association
• URISA = Urban & Regional Information
  Systems Association
          California GIS Council
• Formed to collaborate on
  the planning,
  implementation and          http://gis.ca.gov/council/index.epl
  maintenance of a
  California GIS
  infrastructure
• Participation of local
  collaboratives (Regional
  GIS Councils) is a key
  element
• Input from local
  government and private
  sector is seen as essential
  to council success
        California GIS Council
               Members
                      (as of August 2003)

• 7 reps from State Government
• 7 reps from Federal Government
• 11 reps from Regional Groups and Associations
  (including RGCs)

• Chair: Secretary of State Resources Agency
   – Secretary Chrisman (formerly Secretary Nichols)
• 2 Vice-Chairs: 1 Federal Government rep and 1
  Regional Group rep
   – Donna Hansen (City of Modesto)
   – Alan Mikuni (USGS)
               CGIA



          http://www.cgia.org


The Purpose of CGIA is to promote the
effective use of Geographic Information
in California
        CGIA Board Members
•   2 City Government reps
•   2 County Government reps
•   2 Education reps
•   2 Federal Government reps
•   2 Private Business reps
•   2 Professional Societies or Non-Profit reps
•   2 Public Utility reps
•   2 Regional Government reps
•   2 State Government reps

• Chair: Joe Concannon, SACOG
• Vice-Chair: Craig Gooch, Psomas
                   BAR-GC
       http://www.baama.org/bargc

• Fosters regional GIS coordination
• Identifies and encourages data
  sharing opportunities
• Provides input to the California
  GIS Council

• Jurisdiction is the nine-county Bay
  Area
                        BAR-GC Members
    25 seats, but everyone is welcome to participate in all meetings

14 "Standing" Seats                  11 “At Large" Seats
•    ABAG
•    BAAMA                           •   CA Office of Emergency Services, Coastal Region
•    MTC                             •   Union Sanitary District
•    City/County of San Francisco    •   CA Regional Water Quality Control Bd, SF Bay Region
•    City of Oakland (vacant)
                                     •   MarinMap
•    City of San Jose
                                     •   City of Berkeley
•    County of Alameda (vacant)
                                     •   City of Concord
•    County of Contra Costa
                                     •   City of Santa Rosa
•    County of Marin
                                     •   San Francisco Estuary Institute
•    County of Napa
                                     •   3 vacant seats
•    County of San Mateo
•    County of Santa Clara
•    County of Solano (vacant)
•    County of Sonoma



• Chair: Elizabeth (Lis) Klute, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
• Vice-Chair: Mike Skowronek, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
               GIS Coordination: It’s About Time
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                                              Governor                                     State
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                                               Vetoes                   State               GIS
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                                              Strategic                          & State Council
                                                Info.                  Council            Updates
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                                             Investment        wide              Position Charter
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           CGIA    FGDC Grant      CGIA                                           CGIA     CGIA
           Forms   for           Sponsors                                         Offers   Starts
                   Metadata      Strategic                                       Support Regional
                   Catalog         Info.                                         to State   GIS
                   (CERES)       Investme                                          GIS    Council
                                   nt Act                                        Council  Work-
                                                                                           shops


                                                                                          BAR-GC Forms &
                                                                                          Begins Project Work


   KEY:     State GIS Council                CGIA                BAR-GC
CGIA Policy Initiatives
        CGIA’s First Major
            Success
• 1995 grant from Federal Geographic
  Data Committee (FGDC)
  – CGIA partnered with the California
    Resources Agency
  – Create the California Environmental
    Information Catalog
  – The catalog has grown to over 4,000
    metadata entries of state, federal and local
    governments
California Environmental Information Catalog


                              http://ceres.ca.gov/catalog
  CGIA’s Attempt to Legislate
      GIS Coordination
• 1996 – 1997: CGIA Sponsored the Strategic
  Geographic Information Investment Act under
  AB3431 and AB1293
  – Develop State GIS Advisory Board under the
    Dept. of Information Technology
  – Develop a Grant Program for maintenance of GIS
    Infrastructure Layers across California
  – Set standards for development of these data
• Governor’s Veto in 1998
      CGIA Becomes a Resource
       for the GIS Community
  CGIA launches programs and web site to serve as a resource for the
  GIS community
                                           http://www.cgia.org

• Peer Resources Database:
  http://www.cgia.org/experts
• Legislation Watch:
  http://www.cgia.org/legislation
• Annual Awards Program

• Stay tuned: Web site and
  Listservs will be redesigned
  and improved soon
         CGIA Facilitates RGCs
• California GIS Council
  (CGC) fosters the
  development of Regional
  GIS Councils (RGCs)
• CGC develops an RGC
  application form
• Several RGCs form and
  apply for CGC
  recognition
• CGIA initiates a series of
  RGC Formation
  Workshops via
  teleconference
   CGIA Recommends Policies to
      California GIS Council
          http://www.cgia.org/news/news.asp

 Adopt the CERES Environmental Information Catalog
  as the state’s official metadata catalog and maintain it
 Promote cooperative data acquisition among agencies
  and seek funding for collaborative GIS programs
 Develop a priority list of infrastructure layers and adopt
  a funding program to collect/maintain these data
 Fund a central authority in State government to
  coordinate and be accountable for spatial data

CGIA asked the State Council to adopt these policies
  CGIA Lobbies for GIS in the
    Wake of Budget Cuts
• Budget constraints remove most of the Resources
  Agency budget for GIS Coordination
• The new Administration’s key-advisors are not aware
  of past coordination initiatives

• CGIA is attempting to educate decision makers
• CGIA is lobbying for the continuation of the State
  Council and Metadata Catalog
• CGIA is fishing for funding sources to support
  statewide GIS initiatives
BAR-GC Projects and their
    Effect on Policy
                        2002-2003
                      BAR-GC Projects
                         Let your “Dots” do your Talking
In August 2002, the BAR-GC prioritized the following projects by having each person
    in attendance place 5 dots next to the project(s) they felt were most important


    •   Regional Street Centerline Stitching: 27 votes
    •   Regional Homeland Security Data Server: 27 votes
    •   MOU for Data Distribution: 14 votes
    •   Regional Watershed Layer Development: 12 votes

    •   Regional Projects/Development Standards for BAR-GC Projects: 9 votes
    •   Regional Parcel Stitching: 9 votes
    •   Regional Habitat Conservation Plan: 7 votes
    •   Regional Storm Drain Project: 6 votes
    •   MOU for Projects: 4 votes
    •   Regional Grid (i.e. Tiling) Standard: 1 vote
   Regional Street Centerline Stitching
• Sponsor
   – Metropolitan Transportation
     Commission (M. Skowronek)

• Major Steps:
   –   Flag Streets
   –   Edit Streets
   –   Merge Attributes
   –   Merge Spatial Data
   –   Provide Data back to Counties
   –   Share Data (hopefully)

• Current Status:
   – 6 of 9 Counties Complete
        Bay Area Regional Homeland
      Security Data Server (BAR-HSDS)
•   Sponsor
     – Contra Costa County (E. Klute, J.
       Huie)
•   Make basemap and critical
    infrastructure data available to first
    responders at time of major
    disasters/incidents
•   Establish network of servers in the
    region
•   Partner with Open GIS Consortium
    (OGC)
•   Implement OGC standards/specs
•   Current Status:
     – Completed White Paper / Proposal
     – Applying for funding from
       Department of Homeland Security
             MOU for Data Distribution
• Working Group:
   – A. Lodge, B. Joffe, F. Vogler, E.
     Seamon, J. Kapellas

• Framework for Data
  Distribution amongst
  BAR-GC Constituents
• Fist use will be for BAR-
  HSDS
• Current Status:
   – Draft completed
   – Workshop planned to get input
     from County reps (first week of
     March?)
             Regional Watershed Layer
                   Development
• Sponsor
   – Regional Water Quality Control Board (J.
     Kapellas)
• Facilitate Updating the Bay Area portion
  of CalWater/Watershed Boundary Data
• Watershed Delineation Workshops in
  August 2003
   –   Taught standards for watershed delineation
   –   Got input and data from local constituents
   –   Updated the watershed data
   –   43 participants achieved consensus on the
       delineation of watersheds to the 6th level
• Next Steps:
   – USBR will work to compile the data and submit
     a draft for public review/comment
                   2004 BAR-GC Projects
                                 January 2004 “Dot Voting” Results

•   Matrix of GIS Applications and GIS Data (document GIS benefits): 18 votes
•   Formalize BAR-GC Governance as a Legal Entity: 14 votes
•   Stitch City/County Boundaries: 12 votes
•   Regional Data Repository: 10 votes

•   Regional Cadastral Dataset: 8 votes
•   Strategy to Update HAZUS Layers: 7 votes
•   Regional Photography (project initiated): 6 votes
•   Plan for National Map Implementation: 6 votes
•   GIS Road Show Presentations to Constituent Groups (i.e. Assessors Conference): 6 votes
•   Regional Contours (5 to 10 foot): 6 votes

•   White Paper of Best Practices on Data Development & Regional Sharing: 4 votes
•   Solicit Data from Public Agencies (wetlands, ecology, soils, geology, vegetation): 3 votes
•   Standardize Street Centerline Attributes across Counties: 2 votes
•   Building Footprints for Major Public Facilities: 2 votes
•   3D Regional Model: 2 votes
•   Regional Storm Drain Layer: 1 vote
•   Participate in ODC Phase II (data distribution policy implementation): 1 vote
•   Research Tools to Clean Data & “Recycle” data: 1 vote
•   Regional Grid (cross-county map tiling): 0 votes
•   Metadata Promotion: 0 votes
•   HAZMAT Facilities: 0 votes
         How Can You Help?
     It’s Easy to Get Involved!!!
•   Participate in and Support BAAMA
•   Join CGIA: http://www.cgia.org/members/join_cgia.html
•   Consider a Position on the CGIA Board
•   Attend the next BAR-GC meeting
    – Thursday April 8, 2004
    – 10AM to Noon
    – 101 Eighth St. (tentative location)

• Volunteer for a BAR-GC Project Team

• Ask not what GIS can do for you, but what
  you can do for GIS

								
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