2017 Annual Report
Through the work of the GeoBoard and its partners, geospatial activities throughout the commonwealth will be enhanced through open communication, collaborative efforts, unified planning, and coordinated implementation, resulting in effective and efficient use of Pennsylvania’s geospatial resources.
The GeoBoard shall provide advice and recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the public on geospatial issues, uniform data standards, coordination and efficiency in geospatial policy, and technology across different sectors.
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The PA GeoBoard was formed with the passage of 2014 Act 178, which amended the Administrative Code of 1929, adding Section 432.1 and which was signed into law on October 22, 2014. The Board was established to provide advice and recommendations to the Governor and the citizens of the Commonwealth on geospatial issues and provide uniform data standards, coordination of efficiency in geospatial policy and technology issues among Federal, State and local government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The section of 2014 Act 178 will expire on June 30, 2020.
In March 2016, the GeoBoard created three task forces – Data Program, Service Delivery, and Governance - to concentrate subject matter expertise, analyze situations and trends in the GIS community, and recommend positions or actions to the GeoBoard. Task force members are volunteers from the GIS Community consisting of GeoBoard and non-GeoBoard sitting/voting members, local, county, and state government agencies, academia, and the private sector.
The Governor’s Office of Administration provides administrative assistance to the GeoBoard.
As identified in Act 178, under official duties and responsibilities, the GeoBoard may develop task forces as needed to formulate recommendations and perform actions. At the Board’s initial meeting in March 2016, the GeoBoard created three task forces in accordance with the authority set out in the enabling legislation. The GeoBoard formally adopted charters that guide the task force activities. Task force meetings occur as needed, with certain task forces meeting as frequently as twice a month in 2017. Task forces can choose to form one or more working groups to focus on key goals and objectives. Click on each Task Force to see an overview of what the task force mission is, what are the current challenges, accomplishments, and future plan.
Geospatial technologies touch every citizen of the Commonwealth. The GeoBoard’s main mission is delivering GIS data, services and other interests to Geospatial technology at the Commonwealth level so all disciplines, and all entities have access to the same data and technologies.
Following are some of the very important ways that GIS is being used throughout the Commonwealth. In many of these instances, folks sit on the GeoBoard or on one of the Task Forces, subcommittees or workgroups, in support of these efforts.
Below, hear Deputy Secretary, Cheryl Cook, discuss the importance of geospatial technologies in the PA Department of Agriculture.
The GeoBoard is made up of volunteers including members from local, county and state government agencies, academia, and the private sector. The GeoBoard is always looking for new faces to participate in the following areas:
As outlined above, there are three main task forces. Within each of those task forces, several subcommittees and workgroups exist as outlined below and new groups are being formed all the time in an effort to craft the best recommendation moving forward.
If you are interested in participating in any of the task forces, or the current subcommittees listed below each task force lead, please contact the following:
|Data Program Task Force Workgroups||Service Delivery Task Force Workgroups||Governance Task Force Workgroups|
All GeoBoard meetings are free and open to the public. They take place quarterly at:
333 Market Street, Honors Suite D - 1st Floor from 1:30 to 3:00pm.
For a current list of meeting dates, current agenda and past meeting minutes, visit the GeoBoard Website.
Administrative Services are needed at each Task Force Meeting, Joint Task Force Meeting, the Board Meetings and many of the subcommittee meetings. This can be in the form of taking notes, transcribing an audio or video recording, assisting in printing or assembling presentations, etc. If you wish to volunteer your administrative services at any of the GeoBoard meetings or events, please contact one of the task force heads, listed above.
|Complete and adopt the 2018 Geospatial Strategic Plan for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania|
|Begin implementation efforts focused on the goals of the Geospatial Strategic Plan for Pennsylvania.|
|Continue work on the Stage 1 authoritative core base map themes and their stewardship.|
|Determine the Stage 2 data model and the stewardship for each of the twelve core base map themes.|
|Finish and adopt the single data sharing agreement and promote its use throughout PA.|
|Support the development of applications to serve the base map.|
|Gather additional feedback on enhancing PASDA and develop a plan to implement new services.|
|Promote the services available for the PA geospatial community to access the core base map themes.|
|Develop recommendations for resolving local municipal boundary discrepancies.|
|Develop recommendations for coordinated funding of statewide GIS programs.|
|Continue outreach and education at stakeholder events.|
Please see these other GeoBoard materials on the GeoBoard web site.