Indiana Geographic Information Council

Local Government GIS Coordinator Forum

Indiana Geographic Information Council Questions

Phil Worrall, IGIC Executive Director

Question 1: What is a GIS Coordinator?
Question 2: Would it be possible to compile ROI’s (return on investment), both anecdotal and quantitative, on city/county GIS projects for making our case to local officials?
Question 3: Is there a plan to do another Return on Investment study?
Question 4: In terms of Return on Investment, how will the success of the Data Sharing Initiative be measured?
Question 5: How is IGIC and this wealth of GIS data perceived and understood by the general public, and what can we do to help them take advantage of this information?
Question 6: Will any of these presentations [from today] be posted, and will they be available in .pdf?
Question 7: Any plans to bring the IGIC Conference to different regions of the state (Lafayette, Terre Haute, Muncie, Fort Wayne, South Bend)?
Question 8: How many regional groups meet to discuss GIS on a regular basis (e.g., NE & NW Indiana)?
Question 9: Is there the possibility for IGIC to sponsor university or college chapters?

Answers

Question 1: What is a GIS Coordinator?

A: A GIS Coordinator is the go-to person in a local government for access to geospatial resources. In smaller cities, towns and counties the GIS Coordinator is often a department of one person, so they have to wear many (all) hats while providing GIS support and services in their jurisdiction.


Question 2: Would it be possible to compile ROI’s (return on investment), both anecdotal and quantitative, on city/county GIS projects for making our case to local officials?

A: Anecdotal – IGIC would be happy to help local governments write up their GIS success stories and help them document their ROI. IGIC has nearly 60 Success Stories available online in both .html and .pdf format on the GIS Success Stories webpages.

Quantitative – IGIC’s ROI methodology uses two different standard measures: Aggrigate Value ROI and Useage ROI. A description of the IGIC methodology can be found in the 34:1 Return on Investment story beginning on page A3 of our 2008 IndianaMap Newspaper (see link below). Additionally, several different ROI methods are used by the geospatial community.

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Question 3: Is there a plan to do another Return on Investment study?

A: IGIC’s original ROI study was funded by a $50,000 2007 FGDC grant. We hope to qualify for a future grant to conduct a complete new ROI study. In lieu of new grant funding, IGIC will continue to work with our members and partners to collect and document new success stories and individual ROI statistics from across Indiana. We will make these new success stories available on our website, and we plan to publish them in a new publication in 2010.


Question 4: In terms of Return on Investment, how will the success of the Data Sharing Initiative be measured?

A: First and foremost by the initial county participation.; longer term by continued local government participation in the program. Second, if the technology and infrastructure for the ongoing harvesting of the local government data proves to be a mostly invisible process from the county side, and mostly an automated process on the state side, the process will be a success. Third, measuring the demand and use of the four harvested data layers will provide significant quantifiable ROI data.


Question 5: How is IGIC and this wealth of GIS data perceived and understood by the general public, and what can we do to help them take advantage of this information?

A: IGIC continues to look for ways to reach out to the public (non-GIS folks) to explain the power, value, and need for accurate and current geospatial data. Ongoing efforts by our Education and Outreach Committees and Conference Committee, and most recently efforts by our Legislative and Communications Committees are addressing this need.


Question 6: Will any of these presentations [from today] be posted, and will they be available in .pdf?

A: Yes, on the Forum homepage.


Question 7: Any plans to bring the IGIC Conference to different regions of the state (Lafayette, Terre Haute, Muncie, Fort Wayne, South Bend)?

A: The 2009 and 2010 GIS Conferences are in Bloomington, and for 2011 the Conference Committee is looking at Muncie. Lafayette is under consideration for 2012. Additional suggestions are welcome.


Question 8: How many regional groups meet to discuss GIS on a regular basis (e.g., NE & NW Indiana)?

A: We are aware of two groups in northern Indiana: the Northwest Indiana User Group and the Northeast Indiana Geospatial Information Community. Information on both groups can be found on the User Groups webpages.


Question 9: Is there the possibility for IGIC to sponsor university or college chapters?.

A: We would be interested in sponsoring IGIC Student Chapters. The two primary factors for a successful student chapter are 1.) An interested and motivated Academic Sponsor at the institution, and 2.) An interested group of GIS students at the institution to help lead the group. We would likely form a subcommittee or workgroup to spearhead the effort. Anyone interested in this please contact Phil Worrall pworrall@igic.org.