INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: GIS CENTRALIZATION
GIS is an application that can and should be used by many City departments. It is currently managed by the GIS committee that has funding for development from involved city departments, such as the DPW and the Fire Department. Resources for working on the project are distributed throughout these departments with no central development team that enjoys responsibility and management control over the project.
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The GIS team should maintain the GIS hardware and software environments and serve as the custodian of the City’s base map. In this role, it should be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of base map data as a platform upon which departments can overlay their department-specific information and statistics.
The potential for GIS applications within the City is enormous. To take advantage of this potential, development of the GIS database and system capabilities must be the primary responsibility and top priority of a GIS development team.