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Vision & Goals

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.

Key: G = Goal, O = Objective, S = Strategy

Goals are broad statements about what is to be accomplished over the 3 - 5 year lifespan of this plan

Objectives describe specific results, measurable where possible, to be achieved that help to move the goals forward – usually in 1 - 3 year activities

Strategies define how the objectives will be met

G1. Coordinate interagency participation in the sharing of standardized GIS data, applications, products, services, best practices, other GIS-related resources, and improve GIS services while reducing costs to the state.

O1. Improve data availability

•  Provide assistance with metadata to bring more data into the GIS system.

•  Review, update, extend, and publish standards as necessary

•  Identify restrictions and concerns for publishing best available data and determine how to get best available data into the GIS system.

•  Develop guidelines and training for geo-referencing tabular data.

•  Partner with the Maine State Archives to archive GIS data.

O2. Improve data accessibility in support of state agency missions.

S1. Expand data access through services.

S2. Implement appropriate security measures.

S3. Implement appropriate disaster recovery and high availability infrastructure

S4. Improve ADA compliance as appropriate for GIS applications

S5. Expand access to data for mobile computing

O3. Develop and employ efficient, standard processes for application development driven by business needs.

S1. Improve life cycle planning for applications (development, support, upgrades, etc.)

O4. Develop partnerships for development and maintenance of data and applications, and software maintenance.

O5. Develop implementation plans for a framework that supports interagency participation.

O6. Improve data utility

S1. Establish funded, staffed data maintenance processes to include multi-agency arrangements and workflow driven applications.

S2. Establish and maintain FGDC metadata for all GIS data owned by Maine State Government.

G2 . Promote and foster partnerships within and among Maine State Government, Federal Government, GeoLibrary Board, Academic Institutions, non-profit organizations and equivalent international organizations to achieve mutual benefits.

O1. Improve access to the State's GIS capacity

S1. Expand data distribution through services

S2. Highlight internet Data Catalog search features

O2. Encourage and facilitate partnerships for data and application development.

O3. Develop a mutually supportive research environment in order to promote data development and sharing, and leverage GIS/geospatial technology training and education opportunities.

O4. Encourage and participate in the use of the geo-portals .

O5. Develop an intern program to provide students with hands-on GIS experience and to assist in the completion of state GIS projects.

G3 . Project and identify funding and staffing requirements within Maine State Government for both GIS services/geospatial technologies and special GIS/geospatial projects in order to ensure stable and evolving GIS services.

O1. Define and prioritize shared services

O2. Identify and prioritize special GIS application and data projects.

O3. Develop and forward recommendations for statewide GIS classifications and staffing levels.

O4. Explore funding opportunities for special projects from external funding

O5. Maintain appropriate funding for GIS services.

G4. Promote and leverage the most efficient utilization of resources in order to effectively integrate GIS/Geospatial technologies within Maine State Government.

O1. Work with the Maine State Archives to improve archiving GIS capabilities and processes.

O2. Determine ways to share knowledge, skill sets, and technical capacity.

O3. Determine the extent of optimal centralization/federation.

O4. Develop a repository for service oriented architecture and modules of re-usable code.

O5. Provide advisory support for agency GIS planning that is representative of GIS Stakeholder goals.

S1. Provide implementation guidelines.

S2. Provide startup help

O6. Enable spatial references for non-spatial data and facilitate the use of maps as a “front end” for business applications.

O7. Evaluate opportunities for subscription services and data, and open-source products.

G5 . Promote GIS/geospatial technology training and education opportunities in order to develop and maintain appropriate skill levels in Maine State employees.

O1. Develop training plan for appropriate levels of need

S1. Partner with the University of Maine System.

S2. Partner with other educational programs

O2. Recommend appropriate training and funding

O3. Create an education program for training those employees who are not yet familiar with the benefits and uses of GIS in their programs

O4. Create an education and training program to ensure that the State's GIS professionals remain up to date and conversant with GIS software and hardware.


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