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February 1995 Meeting Minutes

February 16, 1995


A. Call to Order

Steve Hillesland welcomed the Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, and Pasco sites. He announced two Local Government meetings are scheduled, March 3, in Olympia and April 7th, in Clark County. He also said that the Government Technology Conference (GTC) in Sacramento, CA has formed Pacific N. W. region and is hosting a GTC Forum March 28 & 29, at the Tyee Hotel in Olympia.

Senator Cantu resigned and Senator Finkbeiner, a Republican, is interested in joining the GIC council, but was unable to attend this meeting.

B. GIS, Employment Security

Gary Bodeutsch, Director of Labor Market and Economic Analysis, stated Employment Security Department (ESD) received $200,000 last April to use at their own discretion and they have chose to use these funds for GIS. Competition is growing with ESD and others who also have job matching ability, such as Internet. Congress at federal level with block graphs, very little direction given for establishing GIS. Most state agencies will benefit by information sharing; greater use will be on local level. Benefits for GIS moved to integrating information and sharing not only within the agency, but other agencies. Currently produce labor market information at the state level, county level and local level. County boundaries and labor statistical boundaries do not always match. Information currently being used for planning, policy application and more applications will become evident once it gets going.

Tim Norris described the Core Data Systems in more detail. This system deals with the number of and information about the people filing; it lists all the employers in the state; and includes a job net system which matches applicants to job openings using automation. Also used for providing bilingual forms for the public where needed, employment estimates for sub-county areas and matching job openings to proximity of other services such as day care. Can also be used to target the area for State assistance at the county level. Limitations are confidentiality, changes is methods which affect the GIS information, all information has been collected for Administrative purposes and the labor information is only a byproduct. Future of Geographic Labor Market Information is for Job Service Center Location analysis, impact analysis and Delivery of Integrated Service.

C. Department of Transportation, GIS

The DOT has endorsed the GIS technology. They are using Distributed Network that uses IBM RS6000 as servers which would be accessed by client workstations. Executive direction will focus on individual applications where a specific need can be shown. The pilot used a coverage that was based on State Routes at 1-500,000 scale. Eventually we will use a scale of 1-25,000. Learned from the pilot that they will need to have multiple levels of detail for the State Route transportation.

D. GIS for Emergency Management

Allan Jakobitz, Community Trade and Economic Development, (CTED) Emergency Management Services, stated that all 65 sites will have a Windows-based program which will have a rectangular Bitmap with 4 corner coordinates. Over 900 paper maps have been scanned in. Would like to know what information is available, where can it be obtained-what information is necessary to get a map and in their format. Would like an Ad Hoc Workgroup formed and would like no managers involved, but 3 or 4 people who actually know how their systems work to produce an index of the information that is available and provide the technical specs on how a map is created for them.

E. GPS Workgroup Report

Meeting on Feb. 9 - small turnout. They will attach to the GPS User Group meeting which covers many of the same issues. Looking at who uses GIS and the information that is collected. What is the purpose of the information we're gathering. Date and time is very critical, the quality of the information is changing.

F. Local Government Workgroup Report

Robin Trenbeath nominated Jay Clark as the Puget Sound Regional Coordinator. The motion was seconded, and the motion carried by acclamation.

Proposed legislation submitted concerning GIS, Bill HB1506, was discussed. It is the intent of the Local Government Workgroup is to recommend that the council support this legislation. It would be good if the GIC could endorse it but that, even if they cannot as a council, that individuals that feel strongly about it should call Bill Reams at 786-7936 or Les Thomas, the Vice Chairman, at 786-7866. The other Republican who should hear about this bill is Steve VanLuven at 786-7848.

Larry Sugarbaker asked if the bill had been reviewed with respect to the current Data Access Policy that is before the council in terms of the consistency with the policy recommendations and the statements that are in the bill. A comment was made by Liz Caldwell, DIS, that the reason the Data Access Policy was postponed for Council discussion until next time was to see the outcome of HB1506 so that two things did not come out that were inconsistent. Final action will be taken at the next meeting.

A motion was made to formally support the proposed legislation in HB1506. The motion was seconded and carried by acclamation.

Next meeting: March 3, 1995 at 10:00 A.M.

G. Standards Workgroup Report

Workgroup Chair, Tim Brown, asked for a motion to approve the draft of the proposed guidelines for the Standards Workgroup. Robin Trenbeath spoke in favor of approving the motion. A vote was taken and the motion carried by acclamation.

Robin said that the Federal Geographic Data Workgroup offered to come and put on a workshop on digital data and spatial metadata. It was seconded and the motion was carried by acclamation.

H. Education Workgroup Report

In Jim Haskett's absence, Liz Caldwell reported that they are working on GFC Home Page and an Outline of Content was distributed with the minutes of the last meeting. He also wanted some graphics unique to Washington State. Many agencies and counties have shown interest in participating. All in attendance were encouraged to consider links to their departmental applications that they would like the world to see in addition to the link to their agency.

I. SPOT Data

Larry Sugarbaker talked about a statewide program being offered by Spot Image Corporation for $282,000. Information is obtained from their satellites that take pictures of the state of Washington. The cost could be shared by 20 organizations/agencies/council members for approximately $5,000 each share. This is an interim solution, not a long-term one. Enough interest was expressed to merit putting together a proposal.

J. USGS Grant Status

Jeff Holm, DIS, gave an update of the initiative to promote and facilitate a Washington Spatial Data Infrastructure. They are putting together a grant proposal to respond to the FGDC's announcement that they were making monies available to implement the FGDC's metadata standard. The essence of the proposal is to make metadata available for a subset of data layers electronically via Internet and via a stand-along desktop application. Currently, partnerships are being put together with DNR, Snohomish County and Central Washington. The grant proposal deadline was the next day so he was seeking their support in the way of a letter indicating that the grant proposal is appropriate activity. A motion was made and carried out by acclamation.

K. Closing Remarks

New topics for the next meeting were suggested-telecommunications and electronic transfers.

L. Adjournment

The next meeting is April 20, 1995.

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Last updated: December 19, 1995