What is the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP)?
OGRIP began informally in 1989 to coordinate GIS activities among State agencies. OGRIP was formally recognized by executive order in 1993, perpetuated by subsequent executive orders until in 2008 when the legislature modified the make-up of the Council and codified the existence of the Governor appointed Council. The Department of Administrative Services provides an operating budget and an office for an Executive Director and support staff.
As the GIS coordinating body for State and local Government in the State of Ohio, the goals of the 15 member OGRIP Council are to:
- encourage the creation of digital geographic data of value to multiple users,
- foster the ability to easily determine what geographic data exists and
- foster the ability to easily access and use this data.
In addition to the OGRIP Council, an OGRIP Forum meets on a regular basis to discuss issues and initiatives that benefit GIS users throughout the State. Made up primarily of volunteers who share a common interest in the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and use of geographic information in Ohio, the Forum include representatives of several state agencies, local and regional governments, utilities, universities, private organizations and other interested individuals.
What does it do?
Coordination is OGRIP's primary function, through the development of statewide geospatial initiatives that benefit all levels of government OGRIP achieves its goals through leadership, communication, assistance and education. OGRIP provides leadership by promoting GIS technology for the state and demonstrating the value of geographic information for effective decision support. OGRIP supports communication by providing a place to come together to examine issues, articulate ideas and build consensus through cooperative and coordinated activities. OGRIP offers assistance by developing and endorsing standards and guidelines helpful to users of GIS and geospatial information. OGRIP continues to support and provide educational opportunities in GIS for users at all levels of understanding of the technology.
OGRIP participation offers several benefits. It provides invaluable contacts through networking with experts and knowledgeable people, and others who share your questions and interests. OGRIP participation means being on the "ground floor" in the formation of statewide GIS policies, standards and guidelines. In addition, important milestones, achievements and data sources are often identified first at OGRIP meetings.
Contact the OGRIP Office to request a calendar of Council, Forum, and task force meeting dates, along with background information about the current work being done by the organization. Then, feel welcome to attend any meeting of interest.
OGRIP is a two-tiered organization, composed of a Council and a Forum. It also includes an Administrative Work Group consisting of members of the Forum.
The Governor-appointed Council serves as a policy body for OGRIP, overseeing the bylaws, rules, procedures and financial affairs. It consists of the Directors, or their designees, of the departments of Administrative Services, Transportation and Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and three at-large representatives from local government, universities and utilities.
The Forum, which assists the Council in the coordination of GIS activities, is comprised of volunteers. It is open to anyone who wants to contribute actively and to consistently attend Forum meetings. Members of the Forum are generally representatives from state, federal and local governments, universities, utilities, the private sector and the general public.
OGRIP Enacting Legislation