Article Posted by Michael Byrne, Geospatial Information Officer (GIO)

I am happy to announce the release of the California GIS Task Force Report "Visualizing California; A Strategy for Enhanced Decision-making Tools for Public Policy Makers and the Public". This report is a landmark in California’s technology history. For the first time we see a broad brush coalition of leaders in programmatic areas ranging from Business Transportation and Housing to Homeland Security to local government and professional organizations make policy area recommendations on the value Geographic Information Systems (GIS) brings to these business areas. The recommendations are actionable, achievable and demonstrate real value gained in public policy in California. The Task Force recommends four basic executive actions;

  1. Establish a State Geographic Information Officer
  2. Direct State Agencies to establish GIS leads responsible for aligning GIS investments
  3. Establish a competitive GIS matching grant program
  4. Develop an integrated outreach program leveraging the value of GIS

In addition this paper identifies the benefits gained from such action and highlights some of the Agencies and Departments in California State government with GIS infrastructure.

Let me take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the Task Force members for their dedicated work to this project. It will serve the State of California well.