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September 13, 2006
GIS Executive Council Subcommittee Updates
IMS Subcommittee: They are awaiting direction from the GIS Executive Council for tasks they can under take at future meetings. If there are any issues around internet mapping (or other work for this subcommittee) please pass them on to the IMS Chair, Don Katnik
Are there any future needs for IMS? Are people still developing IMS functions? Have they completed their work at this point? They seem to have gotten to a plateau. There is no reason for IMS meetings without charges to do.
There are a few IMS developers in some agencies with good developing skills; do we want to have .net skilled developers? Is there an editing limitation with IMS? Is this something they could look into? Could they develop a document when to use Arc Server and when to use IMS? If you want a particular outcome do you use Arc Server or IMS? Could the IMS group set up a matrix on what software to use?
Resolution: Charge the IMS group to:
Technical Subcommittee: Should there be a technical subcommittee at this time? This current subcommittee may not be able to serve current functions. We may need to restructure the technical subcommittee. We may want to have technical issues assigned to folks that have the needed skills/responsibilities (Ad Hoc committees)
Resolution: The GIS Executive Council will re-evaluate and re-structure the Technical Subcommittee at one of its future meetings.
Web-based delivery of GIS products and services: How does this relate to the GeoLibrary for their responsibility to deliver internet GIS Services? GeoLibrary vs. agencies delivering GIS services to the public = they are different and this does need to be resolved. If done right one could support the other.
Resolution: Take the IMS subcommittee and move over to Web-Based Delivery of GIS Products and Services. Membership: Seth, Don, Tom, Cindy; Dan Walters and David Kirouac will send names to Don Katnik.
The IMS committee should take a self-evaluation and decide if they need to broaden the membership.
Christopher reported on a product known as Instant Atlas out of England and Great Britain. This product is greed toward presentations and doing analysis of your business data; not based on ESRI. Does presentations like health statistics and is aimed at people that are not GIS technicians. See www.instantatlas.com or www.geowise.co.uk is the company. This product does have some interesting possibilities. They are looking to move into the US; provide software for free and are willing to do a presentation for the GIS Executive Council if interested. It is a very high end, easy to use presentation software (something like power point). It is a data presentation tool.
A suggestion was made that this may be more appropriate for the Web Services subcommittee.
Resolution: Christopher will pass the information on to Don Katnik.
Doing away with the Technical Subcommittee: Could we disband the Technical Subcommittee and set up Ad Hoc committees as needed for particular issues? What is lost by not having a Technical committee? You lose the relationships that have been built.
The current membership of the Technical committee (those folks attending the meetings) is not technical people; mostly the data users and scientists have been attending the meetings; they are not interested in the technology and what is behind it.
Could we set up separate User Groups and keep them separate from the Technical committee? Have a users group for networking with open membership.
If there is going to be a standing Technical Subcommittee we need to make sure the right people are involved.
The GIS Executive Council needs to understand what is needed for committees. Another one could be a GIS Developers Group. We need to encourage uses to get involved in statewide users groups.
We could focus on the Strategic Plan first and decide from the outcome of the plan what committees are needed.
Resolution: The GIS Executive Council needs to get through the Strategic Plan and find out what are the needs out there for agencies and set up committees accordingly.
GIS Executive Council Strategic Plan Discussion
Christopher opened the discussion for the GIS Executive Council Strategic Plan noting the notes from the work session had been incorporated into this draft document.
Those present at this meeting started to review the “Plan” and agreed the Introduction was okay as written.
It was noted that some of the item from this plan would probably go into an implementation plan or a work plan.
Questions/Comments/Recommendations to the “Plan”
Challenges and Opportunities
All this document is doing is bringing together all the comments from the brainstorming session. Where is the structure? What are our 5 key strategies? What would happen if we pull out what is the implementation plan and work plan?
This “Plan” is currently broken down into:
What is the top outcome - Remove barriers for using GIS? We don’t have a vision/mission statement. Need to research the goals from the September notes.
Resolution: Nancy will revamp the GIS vision and goals and send out to all GIS Executive Council members
In three to five years what are the key things we need to see accomplished that will make a difference by this Council? Strategic Plan = while we are doing everything else we want to specifically focus on these areas. How will this Council get funding? We need goals in the document and use as a structure to follow; need to tie the goals to the strategic plan. We need to agree on the goals and need to decide on the structure or keep what we have here (by topic area). An option would be to layout the goals; what we will do to meet these goals and include challenges and barriers.
Resolution: Rewrite the goals; send out to everyone for review; incorporate the goals into this document. A recommendation was made to go back to revamping the goals from the September 2005 meeting and send out to everyone for review. The goals would be the foundation and we will build on that.
Format of Strategic Plan
Resolution: Review the goals from the September 2005 meeting and rewrite as needed. Take one goal, revamp using the current strategic plan document and send out for review.
Review the ESRI Agreement
Christopher, David Kirouac, Dan Walters, Tom Marcotte and Don Katnik spent time working on this agreement.
ESRI will provide us with additional services. We will have 100 desktop licenses and use any of the available software (ArcView, Arc Editor, ArcInfo). We will repackage what we already have at no cost. We will take existing numbers and allow users to use in anyway needed. We are looking to trade surplus desktop licenses for desktop Extension licenses.
We may want to include in the agreement a sentence or two on what are our goals are and what we are trying to accomplish. Architecture Planning and Design: who and why and what are we doing; who is the real target. Software maintenance: first year stays the same. They will provide these services in 2006 and 2007 and if successful we will revisit the agreement into the future. Planning up to that point is at no cost.
ESRI Training Level:
We need to define who the three groups are. How can we get more ESRI training for a better price? Hold agency GIS seminars; do we have a specific audience in mind? Seminars and What’s New: need to leave us with documentation after the training.
What about technical support – they were strict for a while; we do not call very often; we call if something in the software is actually broken not how to do something. ESRI needs to make their technical support better.
Work on an ESRI proposal for 2006-2007 at not cost; than re-evaluate where we are and where we want to go.
Set up a Pilot Project: Need to discuss and needs to be done in a short period of time; include some agency developers that have an interest to do on an ongoing basis. Whoever wants to learn can participate. DOT has project and resources available.
Arc Web Services: Do we have a need for remote hosting? Need a cost analysis benefit; ESRI will provide the hosting at AT&T (triple redundancy within each center). OIT is starting to look at web hosting and starting to look at setting policies.
We may want to think about the development of web-based applications and services; pay per unit not per year; ESRI does have GEO coding services which we use a lot but we do have our own. We can put our own data behind services if we want to, it is an alternative that is out there and available.
The State is looking at the CMCC redundancy and disaster recovery; compare ESRI to CMCC. There are a lot of other options out there for licensing and we may need to look at other opportunities. We may want to try it in another technology and see what the outcome is. Systems are becoming more and more open and allow choice of other applications.
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