Initial IT and Human Resources: Voluntarism at Work
The initial costs of the GIS Coordination Program were minimal in terms of dollars and dedicated human resources. The equivalent of two full time employees were devoted to the Clearinghouse. In addition, the Project Director at OFT dedicated 50% of his time, supported by 50% of an additional staff member. There was also the equivalent of about six full time employees spread across the organizations participating in the Coordinating Body, Advisory Committees, and Working Groups. In addition, individual participants contributed bursts of effort at various times as issues they were concerned with came to the forefront. For example, people involved in the Legal Working Group gave many days of service in the development of data sharing agreements and legislative proposals, and members of the Data Coordination Working Group invested extraordinary effort in the development of the Data Sharing Cooperative. In dollar terms, the initial technology costs were insignificant. In order to establish the GIS Clearinghouse, a server and software already owned by the Library were reused. Disk space was borrowed or bought and some low-cost web tools were purchased.