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Coordinating statewide and regional gis policy the role of cgia and bar gc

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
Who’s Who? CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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
California GIS Council CGIA and BAR-GC

  • Formed to collaborate on the planning, implementation and 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
California GIS Council Members CGIA and BAR-GC(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)

Who s who

The Purpose of CGIA is to promote the effective use of Geographic Information in California

Cgia board members
CGIA Board Members CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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

  • 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
BAR-GC Members CGIA and BAR-GC

25 seats, but everyone is welcome to participate in all meetings

11 “At Large" Seats

  • CA Office of Emergency Services, Coastal Region

  • Union Sanitary District

  • CA Regional Water Quality Control Bd, SF Bay Region

  • MarinMap

  • City of Berkeley

  • City of Concord

  • City of Santa Rosa

  • San Francisco Estuary Institute

  • 3 vacant seats

14 "Standing" Seats

  • ABAG


  • MTC

  • City/County of San Francisco

  • City of Oakland (vacant)

  • City of San Jose

  • County of Alameda (vacant)

  • County of Contra Costa

  • County of Marin

  • County of Napa

  • 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

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Governor CGIA and BAR-GC






State GIS Council Updates Charter

Governor Vetoes

Strategic Info.

Investment Act

DOIT Closes

& State GIO Position Vacated

State-wide GIS Council Effort Begins

CGIA Forms

CGIA Sponsors Strategic Info. Investment Act

CGIA Offers Support to State GIS Council

CGIA Starts Regional GIS Council Work-shops


State GIS Council



GIS Coordination: It’s About Time

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State GIS Council Forms

FGDC Grant for Metadata Catalog (CERES)

BAR-GC Forms &

Begins Project Work

Cgia policy initiatives

CGIA Policy Initiatives CGIA and BAR-GC

Cgia s first major success
CGIA’s First Major CGIA and BAR-GCSuccess

  • 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
California Environmental Information Catalog CGIA and BAR-GC

Cgia s attempt to legislate gis coordination
CGIA’s Attempt to Legislate GIS Coordination CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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 Becomes a Resource for the GIS Community CGIA and BAR-GC

CGIA launches programs and web site to serve as a resource for the GIS community


  • Peer Resources Database:

  • Legislation Watch:

  • Annual Awards Program

  • Stay tuned: Web site and Listservs will be redesigned and improved soon

Cgia facilitates rgcs
CGIA Facilitates RGCs CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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
CGIA Recommends Policies to California GIS Council CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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
CGIA Lobbies for GIS in the Wake of Budget Cuts CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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

2002 2003 bar gc projects
2002-2003 CGIA and BAR-GCBAR-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
Regional Street Centerline Stitching CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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
Bay Area Regional Homeland Security Data Server (BAR-HSDS) CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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
MOU for Data Distribution CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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
Regional Watershed Layer Development CGIA and BAR-GC

  • 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
2004 BAR-GC Projects CGIA and BAR-GC

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
How Can You Help? CGIA and BAR-GCIt’s Easy to Get Involved!!!

  • Participate in and Support BAAMA

  • Join CGIA:

  • 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