Governance, Operations & Standards

Governance & Standards

Office of the Chief Information Officer​ (OCIO) Geospatial Program Office


The Geospatial Program Office helps guide the adoption and integration of location based technology across state government.  The Office works actively with state agencies to ensure investments in geospatial technology are tracked, that geospatial data and services can be reused, and that information can be easily discovered across all levels of government.  By following state policy and standards related to: interoperability; asset tracking; metadata; data standards; and the shared infrastructure and services, the community ensures continued exchange of quality information and data products across all lines of government and its citizens.


2016/2017 state initiatives:


Governance structures:


Operations structure:

  • Geospatial Portal Server Diagrams - provides an overview of the physical server environment used to host enterprise data and services for state agency and public consumption.


Funding mechanisms and GIS contracts:

Geospatial datasets that meets one or more of the following criteria must follow all state policies and standards and are required to create and publish metadata. 

  • Is mission critical or is required for regulatory purposes;
  • Has estimated investment or expected life cycle costs that exceed $500,000
  • Is regularly distributed outside of the agency; and/or
  • Has been designated significant by an agency CIO/Director or the Technology Services Board.

For questions about geospatial policy and standards please contact the Office of the Chief Information Officer​


Policy & Procedures:

  • 160.00 Geospatial Data Management Policy;
  • 162.00 Geospatial Technology Policy & Standards Procedure;
  • 103.00 Technology Policy and Standard Waiver Request.

Associated Standards:

  • 161.01 Geodetic Control Data;
  • 161.02 Geospatial Metadata Standard;
  • 161.03 Hydrography Data Standard;
  • 161.04 Geospatial Data Standards (FGDC);
  • 161.05 Geospatial Applications & Data Services Metadata (new);
  • 161.06 Web Mapping Publication Standard (new).

Guidance Documents:

The enterprise Geospatial Portal is the mechanism that enables governmental entities and the public to gain access to valuable geospatial data and services.  It delivers efficiencies by reducing the duplication of data, decreasing infrastructure and storage that would otherwise be needed by multiple governmental entities.   

Our shared data and services objectives include:

  • Strategic data investments
  • Coordinated data acquisitions
  • Efficient data storage
  • Reduced duplication of state time
  • Effective software licensing
  • Improved coordination
  • Shared geospatial web services
  • Common data distribution platform 

GeoPortal Service Description - an overview of the services, rates and commitments.

GeoPortal Infrastructure Diagrams 2015 - an overview of the virtual server environment that's used for public and for governmental entities access to these data services. 

You can find the links to data and services by going under the Services Tab

December 2015 Usage Statistics