OGRIP Best Practices Award

OGRIP has created the Ohio GIS Best Practices Award presented annually at the Ohio GIS Conference.  This program is designed to recognize organizations in Ohio that have or are implementing GIS in a manner consistent with OGRIP’s goals and objectives.  OGRIP encourages your organization to consider submitting an application for your GIS program.  Also, if you know of other outstanding GIS programs deserving recognition, please encourage them to submit their application.

The Ohio GIS Conference occurs in September every year in Columbus, Ohio.  It was first held in 1990 and is facilitated by the County Engineers’ Association of Ohio (CEAO) www.ceao.org.

Click here to download the 2021 Ohio GIS Best Practices Award Application (pdf)

Best Practices Award Evaluation Process and Criteria

 1. Embraces the goals and objectives of OGRIP (as defined in the OGRIP strategic plan).

a) The GIS program demonstrates an enterprise-wide approach and community resource perspective.  This approach and perspective can be demonstrated in a variety of manners.  One such manner is to be multi-participant in nature, which is defined as taking into account other users needs and providing multi-participant involvement through interaction of funding.
b) The GIS program supports and facilitates data sharing through an increase in interaction between entities.
c) The GIS program demonstrates the use of GIS as an analysis and decision support tool.

2. Demonstrates the integration of GIS and spatial data into daily operations of the program.  This integration can be at a departmental, divisional, office-wide or consortium-wide level of participation.

3. Demonstrates consistency with the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s (FGDC) National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Framework.

Award Submission Criteria

1) GIS Program Description - a general description of the main features of the GIS program including the following subheadings:

a) Overall purpose or objective of GIS program - Describe the main objective of the GIS program and provide the mission statement.
b) Funding approach (short & long term) - Describe the funding mechanism and structure from the start-up of the GIS program and the   mechanisms to ensure continuation of the program in the future.
c) GIS program participants & roles - Identify all participant organizations and their roles and responsibilities as a participant.
d) Organizational structure - Describe the current organizational structure for managing the GIS program from a policy and technical standpoint.
e) History & background - Provide a brief history or background of how the GIS initiative evolved into an actual program. 

2) GIS Program Scope and Approach - a description of the scope and breadth of the program including the following subheadings:

a) Implementation - Describe the approach taken for implementation.
b) Maintenance - Describe how the program is addressing maintenance and technology integration.
c) Data information - Describe the data layer and data level structure, data sets created, data sets shared, data distribution, hardware/software platforms supported and network/communication.
d) Schedule - Detail the schedule and status of activities for this program.

3) Benefits of the GIS Program – a description of the tangible and intangible benefits of the program including the following subheadings:

a) Success factors - Define the success factors and/or measurements.
b) Benefits - Describe the tangible and intangible benefits of the program.
c) Major applications - Describe the major applications developed and currently in use as well as their perceived benefits.
d) Uses - Provide instance of the use of GIS as a decision-support tool for the program. 

4) Future Direction and Objectives – a description of the future direction of the program including the following subheadings:

a) Future direction - Describe the future direction of the application and the future technology integration of the GIS program. 
b) New participants - Describe any possible new participants and/or integration of external data sources.

5) Summary - a description of the reasons why the GIS program meets and/or exceeds the goals and objectives of OGRIP and why it should be recognized as a site of excellence in Ohio for GIS.

OGRIP Best Practices in GIS Award Winners

2021 Award Winners

Clinton County GIS Clinton County GIS
Franklin County Enterprise GIS Franklin County Enterprise GIS
Grove City GIS Program Grove City GIS Program

2020 Award Winners
Allen County Mobile GIS
Allen County Sanitary Eng. Dept. GIS
Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA)

2019 Award Winners
Greene County GIS
City of Oberlin

2018 Award Winners
Northwestern Water & Sewer District
Summit County GIS

2017 Award Winners
The Allen County Sanitary Engineer - GIS Department
The City of Lakewood Geographical Information System
The Clark County Auditor/City of Springfield GIS Consortium
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission GIS
Stark County Auditor - GIS Department

2016 Award Winners
City of Akron, GIS Department
City of Avon, Engineering Department
City of Hamilton, GIS Division

2015 Award Winners
Stark County GIS
Summit County GIS

2014 Award Winners
Allen County GIS
City of Centerville GIS
City of Columbus GIS Program
Lorain County Auditor online Zoning Application
Lucas County Regional Park, Trails and Facilities Data
Ohio RCAP GIS Team

2013 Award Winners
Northwestern Water and Sewer District GIS & IT Program
Montgomery County Engineer's Office
Ohio Department of Transportation, Transportation Information Mapping System (TIMS)

2012 Award Winners
Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership
City of Lancaster GIS City of Lancaster IT/Telecom
Montgomery County Environmental Services GIS
City of Newark, Division of Water and Wastewater, GIS and Asset Management Program

2011 Award Winners
City of Huber Heights GIS Program (HHGIS)
Portage County-Wide Enterprise GIS
Stark County NPDES MS4 Consortium

2010 Award Winners
City Of Dublin
Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District
Stark County Auditor' Office

2009 Award Winners
Holmes County GIS Consortium
Stark County Auditor's Department
Butler Rural Electric GIS

2008 Award Winners
City of Akron Public Utilities Bureau
City of Cleveland Enterprise GIS
Erie County GIS
Fulton County Enterprise GIS
Hardin County GIS
City of Hudson GIS Program
ODOT District 2 GIS Section
Portage County GIS

2007 Award Winners
Butler County GIS
Huber Heights GIS
Knox County GIS
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
The Ohio Department of Transportation Noise Barrier Inventory - Honorable Mention

2006 Award Winners
Richland County GIS Consortium
Clark County GIS
Hardin County GIS - Honorable Mention
Lucas County Auditor's AREIS GIS Enabled ECM - Honorable Mention

2005 Award Winners
Belmont County GIS
Ottawa County GIS LBRS Program - Honorable Mention=

2004 Award Winners
Lake County GIS
Stark County Geodetic Infrastructure Program
Madison County Emergency Management Information System
Belmont County GIS - Honorable Mention

2003 Award Winners
Ohio Historic Preservation Office MAPIT Program
Logan County GIS
Fairfield County GIS Department
City of Lebanon Enterprise GIS

2002 Award Winners
Ohio Dept of Natural Resources GIMS Program
Lucas County Auditor's Office AREIS Program
Madison County GIS
Summit County GIS

2001 Award Winners
Clinton County
City of Columbus
Preble County
City of Westerville

2000 Award Winners
City of Defiance
Clermont County
City of Dublin

1999 Award Winners
Cincinnati Area Geographic Information System
Geauga County Geographic Information Service
Medina County Public Access System
Gallia County GIS

1998 Award Winners
Lucas County Auditor's Office AREIS Program
City of New Philadelphia
Delaware Appraisal Land Information System (DALIS)
Franklin County Auditor's Geographic Information System