The Strategic Plan for Massachusetts' Spatial Data Infrastructure presents a vision for a coordinated approach to spatial information use in Massachusetts.

The plan was developed with guidance from a Steering Committee representing the many stakeholders in Massachusetts' spatial data infrastructure.  In addition, extensive contributions were made by nearly 300 individuals through a series of six workshops as well as through 22 interviews and meetings with management and other staff representing public, private, non-profit, and academic organizations.  MassGIS' staff would like to express their sincere appreciation for the time and thoughtful suggestions and comments that all these individuals contributed as the plan was being developed.  Ideas and issues contributed during the workshops, interviews, and meetings heavily influenced all aspects of the plan.  The strategic plan compiles information about the status of GIS in Massachusetts, describes a vision for spatial data infrastructure, and provides eight recommendations for the development and maintenance of the four most widely used and important map "layers" in this shared infrastructure:

  1. Develop regular three-year update cycle for aerial photography.
  2. Develop improved statewide elevation data.
  3. Standardize and improve the process for updating the statewide roads data.
  4. Development of a statewide parcel data layer.
  5. Develop a statewide address point data layer.
  6. Aggressively pursue federal grant funds to support statewide critical infrastructure data development. (Since this report was prepared, EOPS has requested this type of funding in their Homeland Security funding application.)
  7. Strengthen GIS technical support provided to local government via regional entities.
  8. Explore the further evolution of MassGIS’s organization model and governance structure.

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Interviews and Meetings

The following individuals participated in interviews or meetings in which the strategic plan project was presented and their concerns, ideas, and comments were solicited. Some of these individuals are no longer in the positions listed below.
Organization   Individuals
   
Metropolitan Area Planning Council   Marc Draisen, Executive Director
 Holly St. Clair, Data Center Manager
 Allan Bishop, GIS Manager
   
Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers   Sean Fitzgerald, President
 Bill Pastuszek, past MBREA President
   
UMASS-Amherst   Steve Mabee, State Geologist, Geology Department
 Jack Ahern, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
 Qian Yu - Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences
 Maxine Schmidt, Integrated Science and Engineering Library
   
State Police, Commonwealth Fusion Center   Major Dermot Quinn, Commanding Officer
 Sergeant Bob Sojka, Point of Contact for Critical Infrastructure in Massachusetts
 Brian Egnitz, GIS Program Coordinator
   
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency   John Tommaney, Response and Recovery Branch Chief
 Scott McCloud, Mitigation Grants Manager
 Rob Sousa, Planner
 Johanna Meyer, GIS Coordinator
   
Office of the Governor David Simas, Deputy Chief of Staff
   
Registers of Deeds under Secretary of the Commonwealth All Registers of Deeds reporting to the Secretary
   
Division of Capital Asset Management   H. Peter Norstrand, Deputy Commissioner, Real Estate
 Marc Nelson, Deputy Commissioner, Facilities Management
 Stephen Andrews, Deputy Directory, Real Estate
 Bill Tivnan, Director of the Office of Finance
 Michael Orcutt, System Administrator
 Linda Alexander, Program Coordinator
   
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority   Steve Estes-Smargiasi, Director of Planning
 Daniel Nvule, Sr. Program Manager
 Glenn Hazelton, GIS Database Administrator
 Pakyen Lim, Program Manager
   
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs   Jane Corr, Chief of Staff
 Phil Griffith, Deputy Secretary for Environment
 Bob Wilbur, Chief Information Officer
   
Information Technology Division   Bethann Pepoli, Acting CIO
 Stewart Lecky, Chief Operating Officer
   
Conservation Organizations   Jennifer Ryan, Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs, Mass. Audubon
 Jeff Collins, GIS Manager, Mass. Audubon
 Andrew Finton, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy
 Katie Andrews, GIS Manager, The Nature Conservancy
 Vincent Antil, GIS Manager, Trustees of Reservations
 James DeNormandy, GIS Specialist, DFG-Department of Forestry
 Phil Trusdale, MassWildlife
 David Kimball, GIS Analyst, Department of Conservation and Recreation
   
MassPort George Ditullio, GIS Specialist
   
US EPA - Region I   Mike McDougall, Chief, Information Management
 Alexandra Dichter, GIS Manager
 Tom Giffen, GIS Technical Coordinator
   
Massachusetts National Guard Kevin Bartsch, GIS Manager
   
Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers   Ken Anderson, President, MALSCE
 Mike Haulon, President, ACEC
 Scott Cameron, Cameron and Associates
 Rich Gosselin, Northeast Engineers and Consultants
 David Humphrey, Schofield Brothers of New England
   
Massachusetts Licensed Site Professionals Association David R. McDonald, President
   
Environmental Business Council - Technology Committee   Michael Hamilton, Harris Miller Miller and Hansen, Inc.
 Mark Maguire, Epsilon Associates
 Gregory Rowe, ESS Group, Inc.
   
Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works Ken Miller, Director (at time of interview)
   
Bureau of Transportation Planning Mark Berger, Data Resources Manager
   
USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service   Christine Clarke, State Conservationist
 Barbara Miller, GIS Analyst
   
Executive Office of Environment and Energy   Brian Brodeur, GIS Manager, Department of Environmental Protection
 Steve McRae, Acting CIO and GIS Manager, Department of Fish and Game
 Nathanael Lloyd, GIS Manager, Department of Conservation and Recreation
 Daniel Sampson, GIS Coordinator, Office of Coastal Zone Management