In 2014, MVRPC launched the Regional GIS program to facilitate regional collaboration through data sharing, information exchange, and leveraging GIS investments made by each organization.
The purposes of the Regional GIS program are to: 1) provide its members direct access to MVRPC’s datasets and interact with MVRPC’s GIS to map and analyze data to meet their own needs; and 2) address regional needs through on-going coordination and cooperation amongst organizations in the region.
Two components of MVRPC’s Regional GIS Program are:
- GIS Professional Services Support (PSS): A service-oriented program for MVRPC to assist and support its members to create, maintain, publish and access important geographic data and to utilize MVRPC’s GIS on a routine basis through project-specific partnership efforts.
- Regional Geospatial Coordination (RGC): A working group of GIS professionals in the region to identify, prioritize, and take collaborative action to address specific regional project and data needs.
These two components are meant to work together; as communities work with us through the PSS program and gain GIS expertise; they may then participate with the RGC. As ideas are developed at the RGC, they may circulate down to the communities and be implemented through the PSS program.
With these two components, participating members will realize the following benefits:
- Improved direct access to mapping and geospatial data
- Improved analysis capability and resources
- Enhanced access to value-added information through GIS
- Enhanced capacity for data-driven decision-making
- Enhanced data and information sharing across departments, facilitating innovative, shared solutions at the local level
View a GIS at MVRPC presentation about made to the MVRPC Board of Directors in February of 2015.
A new GIS services flyer highlights information on some of the GIS services MVRPC can provide to communities.
This past Summer, MVRPC surveyed GIS users about how they used GIS in their organizations so that we could better understand the needs that exist at the regional and local level. The MVRPC Regional GIS survey results were summarized and are available for download.
The first survey was conducted between May 6, 2015 – May 22, 2015 and the follow-up survey was conducted between July 7, 2015 – July 21, 2015
- Each survey was sent out directly to 126 recipients (GIS professionals and/or administrators in the local jurisdictions and other regional organizations) with additional promotion to Southwest Ohio GIS Users Group members
- There was a total of 64 participants during the first survey and 45 participants during the follow-up survey