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Friday, September 14, 2007

2007 State Summary for Florida Submitted to NSGIC

The 2007 State Summary for Florida has recently been presented to the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). The summary was submitted by Richard Butgereit, Florida's state representative to NSGIC and the GIS Administrator of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM).

Mr.Butgereit has briefly discussed the submittal process as well as expressed his gratitude for those parties whom participated in the summary.

"Prior to submitting the response, I distributed a draft and solicited input from over 50 GIS managers and users throughout the state."

"The distribution list consisted of GIS managers, coordinators, and power users culled from distribution lists for the CAP Grant Steering Committee (http://www.floridadisaster.org/gis/capgrant) the WMD GIS Managers meeting, the Florida HAZUS User Group Committee Members (http://www.hazus.org/FLHUG), and a few other key GIS contacts. This list was mainly comprised of state agency personnel, the intended audience of NSGIC."

"I regret that due to time constraints, we weren't able to distribute the draft response to a wider audience. I am sure no survey will ever 100% capture all of the great efforts ongoing in this state, but I feel that we did a good job making a submission on behalf of our efforts."

"I would also like to thank everyone who responded and got back to me quickly with contributions to the response."

Florida has historically ranked low on the National GIS Coordination Survey. Hopefully this trend is now changing with the efforts of Mr.Butgereit and other agencies as they coordinate our state's GIS resources and strive to reach our geospatial goals.

The individual state rankings for the summaries will be announced at the NSGIC 2007 Annual Conference in Madison, WI to be held September 23rd - 27th, 2007.

Watch for a follow up post to find out Florida's summary results.