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Utah Geographic Information Systems Advisory Council


Why do we need GISAC

The Geographic Information Systems Advisory Council (GISAC) fulfills the need of a coordinating body for statewide geospatial efforts. For example, in the 1990s it led the charge on Digital Ortho-photo Quads and road attributes. Later it was joint efforts such as the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the State of Utah, and other interested parties.

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What should GISAC accomplish

With a combined body of interested parties, GISAC can seek funding for statewide projects or leverage its influence in data standards and best practices for GIS in Utah. GISAC activity has ebbed and flowed over the years. In some states' advisory councils, members are appointed by the governor and the group directs the efforts of the state GIS shop. In Utah, the members are appointed by the Director of the Utah Geospatial Resource Center and the group works on issues pertinent to the day as needed.

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Where is GISAC now

As we start to look at more ways to coordinate and streamline data aggregation efforts with stewards, the need for GISAC and its coordination role are coming to the fore once again and it will be active in the near future.

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Where does GISAC want to go

In the future, GISAC should be part of a larger effort to provide guidance and best practices for data for state agencies and a bridge to state, local, and federal partners. GISAC should always be looking at more ways to coordinate and streamline the data aggregation efforts with stewards.

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