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{mapgraf} Mission:

The Data Inventory and Assessment Working Group shall identify framework datasets for Connecticut, establish individual subcommittees tasked to evaluate, document and provide recommendations for each framework dataset, and establish policies, standards and general procedures for the submission, evaluation, maintenance, on-line access, and dissemination of all geospatial data within the purview of the Council.
Framework Data Subcommittees:

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, coordinating with the efforts of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and the National {sdicover} Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), has joined many states in development of a common framework for better management of their geospatial data.  With this common framework, the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems Council (CGISC) hopes to better coordinate the State’s spatially related data. 

In May of 2007, the CGISC took the first steps at developing State’s Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) by adopting 12 initial Framework Data Themes proposed by the Data Inventory and Assessment Working Group.  Shortly thereafter, the Data Inventory and Assessment Working Group established the Framework Data Theme Subcommittees listed above.  These Subcommittees are tasked with: 
development of data standards and identification of appropriate standards-based data schemas; development of plans that include:  inventory of existing data, stakeholder requirements, data stewards, costs, work flows, data transfer mechanisms, update and maintenance frequencies, and status reports on framework data implementation as input to the annual report published by the Connecticut Geographic Information Systems Council (CGISC).

In 2007, the CGISC was awarded a Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) grant to develop a Strategic Plan for the development of GIS and geospatial information in Connecticut.  During the first stages of this project, a steering committee and project team were established and several information gathering sessions were held around the state as group visioning sessions to identify and clarify goals and to define the needs at all levels of government.  Over 75 members of state, regional, and local governments, along with the broader set of potential stakeholders, attended these sessions which were held in four different geographic locations around the State.

Consistent with the goals of the NSDI, findings from the sessions and the online survey identified the need for development of a State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) where data layer development, accuracy, and metadata standards would be created and published.  Data generated by state, regional, and local government efforts would be aggregated in a coordinated way and published for wider distribution at the statewide level. 

The strategic planning process identified the following four (4) specific themes to be priority layers for the state’s SSDI:

  • Orthophotos - Georeferenced Aerial Photography,
  • Parcels - Geographic Representations of Private and Public Real Property,
  • Street Centerlines - Full Hierarchy of All Private and Public Roads, and
  • Address Points - Specific Point Locations for All Addressed.

During 2008 and 2009, the Data Inventory and Assessment Working Group focused on drafting Business Plans for development and acquisition of the State's core Framework Data Layers and on the development of Data Standards for these themes.  Continued, prioritized focus was given to the specific development of the priority layers with significant efforts being put into several major initiatives including but not limited to:
  • 2009 Spring Capital Region Ortho Flight,
  • DOT New Road Centerline and Road Network Creation,
  • New England LiDAR Project, the NTIA Broadband Mapping Grant Application, and
  • Address/Parcel Mapping Efforts.

Current Activities:

Early efforts in 2010 will be focused on the update of the Working Group activities and Council priorities pertaining to financial and legal aspects of the State's geospatial information.  Continued focus will be on the priority data layers and the associated initiatives discussed above.  The Data Theme Subcommittees will be continuing to update their portions of the Connecticut Framework Data Report and on the development of Data Standards for geospatial information.  Clearinghouse Reference Sheet

Any input or comment on these initiatives would be greatly appreciated and can be directed to:

James R. Spencer, DOT, Chairperson
Telephone# 860-594-2014

Working Group Members:

Lynn Bjorklund, USGS  Tom Meyer, UConn, Storrs 
Jeff Bolton, DPW  Kevin O'Brien, DEP 
Dan Czaja, DPS  Scott Roberts, Town of South Windsor 
Tom Felke, DSS  Eric Snowden, CRCOG 
Rich Gallacher, Town of Manchester     Howie Sternberg, DEP 
Mark Goetz, City of Hartford  Emily Wilson, UConn, Storrs
Tyler Kleykamp, OPM   

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