New Jersey Spatial Data Infrastructure Implementation: I-Team Strategic Plan Update and Business Plan Development
The New Jersey state geospatial program, as led by the New Jersey Office of Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems (OGIS), has long been recognized as strong and effective and ahead of its peers in terms of innovation. OGIS supports an active and engaged geospatial community that participates in governance activities through the informal New Jersey Geospatial Forum. This community benefits from a solid base of statewide framework data layers that are maintained and regularly shared between agencies at all levels of government as well as with the private sector, nonprofits and the general public. This data sharing is supported by the New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN), the state’s geospatial portal and metadata catalog, which has provided reliable access to these data and associated metadata for nearly a decade.
Despite these successful geospatial program components, there are still needs that are not being met and which will require further strategic investments and sustainable funding. The strategic business plan presents the business case for making the necessary investments to address these unmet needs. The following goals are focused on improving framework data:
- A predictable funding source and plan for recurring orthoimagery capture
- Maintenance of and enhancements to existing road centerlines
- Completion of statewide parcel data and better alignment of tax map and digital parcel maintenance workflows
- The new development of statewide address data
These “core four” data sets are used by virtually every stakeholder in the geospatial community and support activities ranging from local government operations to transportation planning to emergency response and disaster recovery. While the investment required to keep these data current and relevant is not small, the benefits will be far reaching and substantial. Furthermore, these data sets serve as the foundation for a variety of derivative products required by the geospatial community such as open space and land use/land cover data. In addition to improvements to the “core four” data sets, this plan makes the business case for new investments in:
- Modernization of NJGIN architecture, interface and functionality
- Governance evolution and potential formalization
Andrew Rowan, Ph.D.
Douglas M. Schleifer
Edith Konopka, Ph.D.