The Kansas GIS Policy Board works to ensure a technological environment where GIS is recognized as an integral and indispensable tool for government and businesses to serve the information needs of citizens and customers. Kansas provides a broad contingency of GIS users with open access to complete and accurate framework data with appropriate guidelines to protect individual privacy and other sensitive information. The Kansas GIS Policy Board formed a cooperative relationship with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), by becoming a Cooperating Partner of the FGDC in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), resulting in the establishment of the Kansas Data Access & Support Center, DASC
The Kansas GIS Policy Board is responsible for the development of standards, strategies, and policies that emphasize cooperation and coordination among agencies, organizations, and government entities in order to maximize the cost effectiveness of GIS by creating public and private partnerships throughout Kansas. The board, consisting of 23 members from state and local government agencies as well as public, private, and academic interests, provides review, coordination and recommendations for GIS programs and investments. Currently partnerships, within and among levels of government and private entities, provide the basis for assigning roles and responsibilities for the development and maintenance of data themes.
The GIS Policy Board met in the Landon State Office Building. At this meeting we hosted Cy Smith, GIO from the State of Oregon and previous GIS Director for Kansas. Cy gave presentations outlining the progress of national and state initiatives. Ken Nelson presented the FY2013 Annual Report for the KS Data Access and Support Center.