ALASKA GEOSPATIAL PLANS
Alaska’s Geospatial Strategic and Business Plans are the result of a yearlong project jointly funded by the USGS and the Alaska DOT & PF. The project is part of the 50 States Initiative and is intended to support development of Alaska’s Spatial Data Infrastructure. These plans are based on input from over 300 Alaskans collected through a transparent and participatory process.
The Strategic Plan offers a long-term path for establishing and maintaining a collaborative geospatial framework that meets the needs of Alaskans. The Business Plan defines specific initiatives necessary to meet the strategic goals. The goals resulting from these plans, as well as specific initiatives to reach these goals, have been described below.
Participatory Governance Structure
A governance structure that facilitates involvement of all key stakeholders will be critical to sustainability. The Alaska Geospatial Council will consist of representatives from stakeholders across the state and will have the authority to make decisions on important statewide geospatial initiatives for the Alaska community. A Geospatial Information Officer (GIO) will lead these efforts, as a recognized champion tasked with achieving Alaska’s geospatial initiatives. A series of Technical Working Groups selected from stakeholders will provide guidance on technical and policy issues.
Communication and Sharing
Under the guidance of the Alaska Geospatial Council, technical working groups will be established to recommend processes for setting standards, policies, and best practices for geospatial technology in the state.
Marketing and communications plans will be used to actively engage support from the community and share information while facilitating collaboration on geospatial initiatives. Activities will be dedicated to encouraging transparency and inclusive community participation from geospatial professionals to enhance involvement, communication, and collaboration.
Geospatial Foundation Data and Clearinghouse
Currently available geospatial data for Alaska is insufficient to meet current and future needs. Statewide elevation, orthoimagery, property ownership, administrative boundaries, transportation, and hydrography must be developed and maintained according to standards defined by the community. These data must then be made available to users through a unified geospatial data clearinghouse.
Collaborative Project Oversight
The strategic planning effort was overseen by an intergovernmental steering committee. The steering committee consisted of respected Alaskan citizens working in a broad capacity but having significant knowledge and input across multiple business lines.
- Kenai Borough, Mr. Bill Halloway, GIS Manager
- MatSu Borough, Ms. Shannon Post, CIO
- State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Mrs. Anne Johnson, GISP, GIS Coordinator
- State of Alaska, Department of Transportation/Aviation, Mr. Nick Mastrodicasa, PI
- Bureau of Land Management, Mr. Garth Olsen, CIO
- US Geological Survey, Mr. Scott Van Hoff and Mr. Craig Seaver AK Geospatial liaison(s)
- Alaska University-Anchorage, Dr. Bill Hazelton PhD & Current Chair, UAA Geomatics Dept