Developing a Strategic Plan for GIS in Massachusetts

Whether you are a user of GIS software, a manager, a planner or anyone else who benefits from GIS, we need your input. How do we ensure that all GIS stakeholders have access to the basic information that they need? MassGIS and the Massachusetts Geographic Information Council invite you to participate in a series of workshops across the state to be facilitated by Applied Geographics of Boston. At these workshops we will solicit your ideas and suggestions on how best to develop and maintain four categories of spatial data on which many of you rely:

  • Standardized property boundaries as shown on municipal tax maps,
  • Color orthoimagery (including infrared band) and associated elevation data,
  • Standardized road centerline network with address ranges, and
  • Critical infrastructure locations (mapped via address to the parcel/building level).

At each workshop we will:

  1. Review the status of key data layers listed above,
  2. Assess common interests and needs relative to these layers,
  3. Determine what needs are not being met,
  4. Seek consensus on a strategy for meeting those needs.

The next workshop is scheduled for Boston, January 24, 8:30-12:30

McCormick Building, 21st Flr., One Ashburton Place

This project is part of the Fifty States Initiative being implemented by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) of which MassGIS is a member.

For more information on this project and workshops please visit

 for each workshop.

We know you are busy. But we need to hear from you. Please come to one of these workshops, and RSVP to Paul.Nutting (at) if you think you can attend. Also, please pass this invitation along to anyone that you work with who might be interested.