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State Update Presentations. State of Kansas. 2012 MAGIC GIS Clearinghouse Summit Sioux Falls, SD EROS Data Center. Clearinghouse Services. Q1: What type of services do you provide? Data archival Data distribution Web services (WMS, WFS, ArcGIS, Imagery )

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state of kansas

State Update Presentations

State of Kansas

2012 MAGIC GIS Clearinghouse Summit

Sioux Falls, SD

EROS Data Center


Clearinghouse Services

  • Q1: What type of services do you provide?
  • Data archival
  • Data distribution
  • Web services (WMS, WFS, ArcGIS, Imagery)
  • Database development/area integration
  • Cartographic development
  • Metadata development
  • Application development
  • Application hosting
  • Geospatial data inventory
  • Coordination/outreach
  • Training
  • All of the above, except training. Archival, distribution, and web services are our primary functions. Database development & integration is a growing service area. Application development is performed on as-needed basis. We’ve pulled back from previous level-of-effort on application development due to long-term maintenance needs.


  • Q2: How are those services funded?
  • The clearinghouse is funded through an annual contract with the State of Kansas Office of Information Technology Services (OITS).
  • All database archival, integration, and distribution services are viewed to be part of the core function of the clearinghouse and are provided free-of-charge.
  • Custom application development is viewed as a secondary service that does not always have a broad-scope strategic impact; therefore this is a fee-for-service activity.


  • Q3: What is your greatest Clearinghouse challenge at this time?
  • Staff-to-workload ratio – which basically comes down to funding.
  • Kansas OneMap

Backup architecture

  • Q4: What is your backup architecture – does it include written policies?
  • Backup server presence located at AGIO in Little Rock, AR. Working on standing up new hardware that will be located at the KU Computer Center.

Database Development & Integration

  • Q5: Does your clearinghouse support database development projects that involve the integration of local/regional data sets?
  • Statewide Tax Units Database
  • Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative
  • Limited progress on local road centerline data integration


  • Q6: Have you implemented a GIS data inventory tool within your state?
  • Yes, Ramona.
  • A statewide effort was conducted from 2008-2010 in coordination with the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department to inventory all counties. On-site meetings were held with nearly every county in the state.


Q7: How is your organization staffed? Please list positions title and full or part time status.

Ken Nelson – Manager

Eileen Battles – GIS Project Manager

Kristen Jordan – GIS Specialist

Brent Miller – GIS Specialist

Kelly Emmons – Application Developer

AsifIqbal – Systems Engineer

All positions are full-time, however staff members are not necessarily appointed 100% to the clearinghouse


Archive Policy

  • Q8: Has your state developed a record retention/archival policy for geospatial data?
  • HB 2195 - Kansas Enterprise Electronic Preservation (KEEP)
  • Passed in 2011
  • Preservation and Authentication of Permanent and Enduring Electronic Records
  • Establishes the foundation for authenticating electronic records as original under the authority of the Kansas State Historical Society
  • The legislation and subsequent ITEC directives establish a policy framework and governance for preserving permanent and enduring records in their native form and authorizes the state archivist to authenticate the records against standards established by the Historical Society
  • Still determining the impact of HB2195 on geospatial data

Technology: GIS Server

  • Q9: Which of the following GIS Server software are utilized by your organization? (ArcIMS, ArcGIS Server, AGS Image Extension, Map Server, Other?)
  • ArcIMS – a few legacy applications remaining
  • ArcGIS Server
  • ArcGIS Image Extension

Technology: GIS Server

  • Q10: If your organization is running ArcGIS Server, have you upgraded to version 10.1? Yes, No, Issues encountered?
  • Installed…yes
  • Fully-productional…no

Technology: GIS Server

  • Q11: Which Web API's are utilized by your organization? (JavaScript, Flex, Silverlight, Undecided)
  • Primarily JavaScript

Technology: GIS Server

  • Q12: Does your state GIS portal utilize the ArcGIS Server Geoportal Extension?
  • No

Technology: ArcGIS Online

  • Q13: Are you currently publishing data and services via ArcGIS Online?
  • Approximately 48 maps or services published under the State’s organizational account
  • We’re expecting this to grow considerably in the coming months.

Technology: Cloud Computing

  • Q14: Are you currently using Cloud computing services? For example, a pre-built ArcGIS Server instance running in the Amazon Cloud or a Cloud-based storage solution?
  • No

Technology: Mobile Applications

  • Q15: What, if any, mobile applications have been developed or are planned to be developed? What platforms are being supported (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile)? What technologies are being used?
  • None yet
  • The Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) Historical Resources Inventory application may be the first web port over to mobile. It would likely be iOS.

Esri Enterprise License Agreement

  • Agreement signed in late January, 2011 after months and months of meetings
  • We’re now in our second year of operation, and it’s going well
  • Implemented fee structure for adding new licenses that follows the State Master Purchase Agreement (MPA) maintenance fees
  • Savings in excess of $125,000 in first 18-months
  • Software and license files distributed through DASC office. Billing handled through GIO’s office.

LiDAR Development

LiDARdevelopment continues at a rapid pace. 2012 project was over 21,000 square miles. Planning is underway for 2103 project.


Statewide Tax Units Database

  • Collaborative project with Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR)
  • DASC works with all 105 Kansas County Clerks to acquire tax unit (district) data and assemble into a statewide geodatabase
  • Approximately 50% of the counties maintain their tax units in a GIS system
  • DASC complete it’s 3rd statewide update of the geodatabasein Spring, 2012
  • This database is primarily used by state government and private sector

Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative

  • In November, 2011, the Kansas Department of Commerce became the designated entity for the Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative
  • DASC was tasked with taking on the data collection aspects of the project
  • DASC began working on the project in January, 2012
  • Accomplishments to date:
    • Semi-annual update delivered to NTIA 04/01/12
    • Semi-annual update delivered to NTIA 10/01/12
    • Provider roundtable meeting held in May, 2012
    • Provider web portal launched in July, 2012
    • Provider data submission webinars held in July, 2012
    • Public web mapping application launched in August, 2012
    • Provider roundtable meeting held in May, 2012