Thursday, April 7, 2011

Best Practices for Local Government Geospatial Programs from NGAC

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) has issued a two-page best practices paper that lists four steps to building a successful local government GIS program:
  1. Establish a geospatial program (including recommendations on planning and governance)
  2. Develop and maintain data as an asset
  3. Take an enterprise approach
  4. Share with the public
This might serve as a good resource to assess your local government program and to justify its role or advocate its expansion.

1 comment:

  1. As a contributor to OpenStreetMap, the free and editable map of the world, I definitely second the fourth point, "Share with the public". It would be great for GIS programs to partner with OSM to synchronize data where possible, which would enable that feedback loop the paper recommends. One such program which facilitates this is gtfs-osm-sync, which allows the synchronization between General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data and OSM.