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MassGIS has developed a number of multi-purpose map layers that can integrate into an existing community GIS or even serve as a foundation for a new system. These layers are shown below – collectively they are known as Massachusetts Spatial Data Infrastructure or MSDI. The standards and specifications for MSDI were set through a collaborative process involving state, regional and municipal GIS users and work has been ongoing since 2010.
A portion of the funding for this effort came from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to support the next generation of 911 technology, which will use GIS-based addressing for call routing and dispatch. Other state agencies with GIS are contributing as well to MSDI. These layers are being assembled by MassGIS staff and a team of vendors at the state level, but that isn’t the end of the story. We need local review to ensure that they as accurate as possible, and we need local input to maintain them. Once the new 911 technology rolls out, this on-going maintenance will be a critical public safety need.
The table below describes the overall project – by the end of phase II, data will be ready for the new 911 systems.
MassGIS and its RPA partners want to engage your community in the collaborative development and maintenance of the MSDI layers. Here are the specifics for each layer: