Establishment of the Coordination Program
The first statewide policy on GIS was issued by OFT in September 1996. Technology Policy 96-18 established a framework for the development of a statewide GIS Coordination Program and created a broadly representative GIS Coordinating Body drawn from state and local government and the private sector. Attempting to address concerns of all parties having an interest in the GIS data sharing effort, the Coordinating Body appointed seven working groups to reflect upon, make recommendations, and develop sharable resources in the following areas: the clearinghouse, communications, data coordination and standards, education, finance, legal issues, and digital orthoimagery. Each sector and level of government is represented in the work groups. (see organization chart).