Information about the State Geospatial Coordination Programs

Geospatial Maturity Assessment (GMA)

The GMA is a common, credible baseline assessment methodology to routinely and continuously monitor and validate statewide geospatial capabilities. Each state was asked to complete eighty three (83) detailed questions that characterize their geospatial programs.

Click here to access the results of the Maturity Assessment.

GIS Inventory System (aka Ramona)

The GIS Inventory is produced by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) as a tool for states and their partners. Its primary purpose is to inventory and track data availability and the status of geographic information system (GIS) implementation in state and local governments to aid the planning and building of Spatial Data Infrastructures. The Random access metadata for online nationwide assessments (Ramona) database is a critical component of the GIS Inventory.

Click here to access the GIS Inventory System.

NSGIC State Representatives

NSGIC's State Representatives are generally recognized as the principal points of contact in each state that are responsible for statewide coordination and implementation of geospatial technologies. In many cases, they are officially designated as the State Geographic Information Officer or serve in an equivalent position. They are typically empowered through legislation or an Executive Order. Those details for each state can be found in the Geospatial Maturity Assessment which is also accessible from this page.

Click here to access a list of the NSGIC State Representatives.

State Clearinghouse Sites

The Clearinghouse Network is a community of distributed data providers who publish collections of metadata that describe their map and data resources within their areas of responsibility, documenting data quality, characteristics, and accessibility. Each metadata collection, known as a Clearinghouse Node, is hosted by an organization to publicize the availability of data within the NSDI. The metadata in these nodes is searched by the portal to provide quick assessment of the extent and properties of available geographic resources.

Click here for links to the State Clearinghouse Sites.

State GIS Coordination Offices

Most States have identified an individual or office to coordinate the statewide development of geospatial technologies. The scope of some is limited to just State government agencies, but most are responsible for coordinating across the entire geospatial community.

Click here for links to the State Coordination Offices.