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Monday, November 9 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Evolution: The Transformation of VT's GIS in the New Millennium

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Steve Sharp, VT Center for Geographic Information

The State of Vermont began its investment in GIS in the late 1980's with the establishment of the Office of Geographic Information Services (OGIS). Events of the early 1990's led to the transformation of OGIS into a quasi-public non-profit corporation, the VT Center for Geographic Information Inc. (VCGI), with a statutorily defined mission charging it "with the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for the Vermont Geographic Information System". Over a twenty year period VCGI focused on advancing this mission through the establishment of geospatial policies, standards, and systems supported by a culture of multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional collaboration. In 2014 the VT Legislature passed legislation which transitioned VCGI back into State government. The goal of this change was to provide a higher level of stability and sustainability for the organization and its statutory mission. However, many long-term strategic questions remain. Should VCGI's mission and role be modified now that it is in State government? How should the governance of the State's GIS be re-configured? This presentation will focus on how VCGI is working with our partners to answer these questions and help the State efficiently and effectively leverage the benefits to geospatial technology.


Stephen Sharp

VT Center for Geographic Information

Monday November 9, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Champlain B

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