To eliminate redundant expenditures on geospatial data acquisition and distribution, and to provide complete, accessible, up-to-date geospatial digital base map information for Alaska that is compatible with the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
Geospatial Strategic and Business plans guide Council activities and can be accessed here: http://agc.dnr.alaska.gov/geospatial_plans.html
These plans outline the steps to a successful geospatial program, including governance, data acquisition and distribution, outreach and training, and funding.
The Alaska Geospatial Council is chaired by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and is comprised of six State Departments, the University of Alaska, ANCSA Board of Regional Directors, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the Alaska Municipal League. State Departments include those that most heavily employ geographic information systems to meet their missions: Natural Resources, Transportation, Military and Veterans Affairs, Environmental Conservation, Commerce Community and Economic Development, and Fish and Game.
The Alaska Geospatial Council serves as a State voice for needs and requirements of geospatial datasets that are part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (elevation, imagery, geodetic control, hydrography, administrative boundaries, cadastral, and transportation). Together with the federal Alaska Mapping Executive Committee chaired by the Secretary of the Dept. of the Interior, they coordinate on requirements, priorities and acquisition for datasets in Alaska.
When applicable, the Council also collaborates internationally with Arctic nations developing geospatial infrastructures and datasets for collaboration on the protection and development of Arctic resources, such as the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure, and with other Arctic entities, such as the Alaska Ocean Observing System.
Local coordination ensures that regional data such as high-resolution imagery and elevation datasets are accessible through State and National databases, and provides geospatial data which feeds tools and applications that local government and planners rely on. Similar data in other states has also been used by entrepreneurs to drive commercial apps, such as WAZE, a commercial traffic application that is finding even more uses for public safety and emergency response.
- Chair: Corri Feige - Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources
- Technical Advisor: Steve Masterman - Director for the Division of Geology & Geophysical Surveys
- Jason Brune - Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
- Delegate: Emma Pokon - Deputy Commissioner
- Technical Advisor: Rob Clark - GIS Coordinator
- Kelly Tshibaka - Commissioner, Department of Administration
- Technical Advisor: Russell Rappel-Schmid - Chief Data Officer
- John MacKinnon - Commissioner, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
- Technical Advisor: David Oliver - Transportation Planner III
- Brig. Gen. Torrence Saxe - Commissioner, Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs
- Delegate: Paul Nelson - Director for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Technical Advisor: Scott Nelsen - Telecommunications Planner
- Douglas Vincent-Lang - Commissioner, Department of Fish & Game
- Delegate: Ben Mulligan - Deputy Commissioner
- Technical Advisor: Jason Graham - GIS Analyst III
- Julie Anderson - Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
- Delegate: Amy Demboski - Assistant Commissioner
- Technical Advisor: Sandra Moller - Director for the Division of Community & Regional Affairs
- Gregg Renkes - Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of Interior
- Delegate: Sara Taylor - Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary
- Technical Advisor: Chris Noyles - Civil Applications Committee - Alaska Liaison
- Amy Holman - Alaska Regional Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Technical Advisor: Nicole Kinsman - Alaska Regional Advisor
- Alan McBee - State Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service - USDA
- Technical Advisor: Denise Miller - GIS Coordinator
- Robert McCoy - Director, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska
- Mischa Ellanna - ANCSA Regional Association
- Eric Wyatt - Information Technology Director, Matanuska-Susitna Borough
- Technical Advisor: Jack Horner - Web Architect
Charter and MOA
Alaska Geospatial Council Charter
Alaska Geospatial Council MOA