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.
Metropolitan Area Planning CouncilMarc Draisen, Executive Director
Holly St. Clair, Data Center Manager
Allan Bishop, GIS Manager
Massachusetts Board of Real Estate AppraisersSean Fitzgerald, President
Bill Pastuszek, past MBREA President
UMASS-AmherstSteve 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 CenterMajor Dermot Quinn, Commanding Officer
Sergeant Bob Sojka, Point of Contact for Critical Infrastructure in Massachusetts
Brian Egnitz, GIS Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Emergency Management AgencyJohn Tommaney, Response and Recovery Branch Chief
Scott McCloud, Mitigation Grants Manager
Rob Sousa, Planner
Johanna Meyer, GIS Coordinator
Office of the GovernorDavid Simas, Deputy Chief of Staff
Registers of Deeds under Secretary of the CommonwealthAll Registers of Deeds reporting to the Secretary
Division of Capital Asset ManagementH. 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 AuthoritySteve Estes-Smargiasi, Director of Planning
Daniel Nvule, Sr. Program Manager
Glenn Hazelton, GIS Database Administrator
Pakyen Lim, Program Manager
Executive Office of Environmental AffairsJane Corr, Chief of Staff
Phil Griffith, Deputy Secretary for Environment
Bob Wilbur, Chief Information Officer
Information Technology DivisionBethann Pepoli, Acting CIO
Stewart Lecky, Chief Operating Officer
Conservation OrganizationsJennifer 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
MassPortGeorge Ditullio, GIS Specialist
US EPA - Region IMike McDougall, Chief, Information Management
Alexandra Dichter, GIS Manager
Tom Giffen, GIS Technical Coordinator
Massachusetts National GuardKevin 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 AssociationDavid R. McDonald, President
Environmental Business Council - Technology CommitteeMichael Hamilton, Harris Miller Miller and Hansen, Inc.
Mark Maguire, Epsilon Associates
Gregory Rowe, ESS Group, Inc.
Executive Office of Transportation and Public WorksKen Miller, Director (at time of interview)
Bureau of Transportation PlanningMark Berger, Data Resources Manager
USDA-Natural Resource Conservation ServiceChristine Clarke, State Conservationist
Barbara Miller, GIS Analyst
Executive Office of Environment and EnergyBrian 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