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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been employed since the 1980's in Maine State Government to support effective decision making, and efficient service delivery. The GIS Executive Committee (EC) was chartered by the Information Services Policy Board in 1996 to coordinate spatial services across State agencies and to negotiate and administer service level agreements ( SLA ) between agencies and the Office of Maine Geographic Information Systems (MEGIS). In 2005 the Legislature established the Maine Library of Geographic Information (GeoLibrary) to, in part, operate a coordinated, cost-effective electronic gateway to provide public access to State and non-state spatial data.

The MEGIS, within the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has worked collaboratively with the GIS EC and the GeoLibrary to provide spatial data via the Internet; and with the GIS EC to provide core spatial services and technical support to agencies. Since 2006 many State technical employees and the services they deliver have transitioned to OIT. With the consolidation of information technology functions into OIT, funding of MEGIS core services has shifted from SLAs to the central OIT budget. As a result, the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) has chartered the GIS Stakeholders to replace the GIS EC to reflect the shift from a governance body to an advisory role. At the same time, there is a standing need for formal and informal interagency coordination and discussion of all aspects of GIS including best practices, user support, agency business processes, standards, personnel, data management and other GIS-related resources.


To realize the benefits of GIS in Maine state government. This realization is accomplished through the promotion and facilitation of collaborative interagency efforts; information exchange; advisement to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and senior agency management in the use of GIS resources; and the development, maintenance, and facilitation of the implementation of a strategic plan.


The GIS Stakeholders is chartered by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is led by the OIT GIS Service Manager.


The GIS Stakeholders will be composed of appointees of the CIO (in regard to policy-making, Agency Information Technology Directors or their designees, MEGIS, the University of Maine System, the GeoLibrary Board or other relevant groups/interests), designees of agency commissioners to represent agency business needs and users, and representatives of the Legislative and Judicial Branches and Constitutional Officers who use, or anticipate using GIS.


Functions of this group include (but are not limited to):

• Development of meeting ground-rules and schedules.

• Identification of goals in order to meet stated purpose and the subsequent development, review, and update of the strategic plan to meet identified goals.

• Provide a forum for discussing resources, initiatives, emerging issues, and opportunities.

• Establishment of subcommittees as necessary.

• Periodic review of group charter.










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  • Michael Smith, Chair
    Office of Information Technology
    Maine Office of GIS
    145 State House Station
    Augusta, Maine 04333-0145