The 2018 Ohio GIS Conference will be held September 24-26, 2018.

As in the past, a Map Gallery competition will be held during the conference. The Guidelines and Entry Form for submitting a map for the Map Gallery are now posted on the Ohio GIS Conference Map Gallery webpage:


If you are interested in creating a submission in this year’s competition, please review the Rules and Guidelines. Again this year, we have included a “Small Format” category in the Professional Map Gallery. The Small Format maps are 11 x 17 and smaller, including Map Books. There will be a Student Map Gallery again as well, and we brought back the Digital Map Gallery for your online maps.

The deadline for submitting all maps is midnight, September 17, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Map Gallery Committee at ohiomapgallery@gmail.com.


2018 Ohio GIS Conference Registration Is Now Open!

Join us September 24-26 in Columbus for the 2018 Ohio GIS Conference


the largest gathering of GIS professionals in the region.

Be sure to check out the jam-packed program and register today!


The Call For Abstracts Deadline Has Been Extended!

The Call for Abstracts deadline has been extended! Please submit your Abstract by close of business on May 7, 2018. To submit your abstract visit the events tab on the website.

The 2018 Ohio GIS Call for Abstracts Is Now Open

The 2018 Ohio GIS Conference being held September 24-26, 2018 (Monday - Wednesday), is an opportunity for you to share your experience with hundreds of Ohio’s most knowledgeable GIS professionals, decision makers, and technicians, all of whom are waiting to hear what you have to say.

Past presentation topics have covered subjects ranging from Mobile Mapping, Open Source Technology, and Transportation to Health and Safety, Property Appraisal, Economic Development and Spatial Modeling techniques. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to present to the largest gathering of Federal, State, Local and Private Industry GIS Professionals, Developers, and Partners in Ohio.

This Call for Abstracts Closes on April 30th at 4 PM – So Submit Your Abstracts Now

Click here to submit your presentation abstract for this year’s conference.

Click here to see more information about this year’s conference.

Department of the Interior Appoints 14 Members to National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Department of the Interior Appoints 14 Members to National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Jan 09, 2017


     The Department of the Interior has appointed 14 individuals to serve as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), which provides advice and recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI promotes sharing of geospatial data across all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the academic community.

…  The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to achieve a balanced representation of the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology. NGAC members are appointed to serve staggered terms on the committee. The 2017 appointees to three-year terms on the NGAC are:

 - Mr. Gar Clarke, State of New Mexico

 - Mr. Garet Couch, National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center

 - Ms. Patricia Cummens, ESRI (reappointed to a second term)

 - Mr. Stuart Davis, State of Ohio

 - Ms. Roberta Lenczowski, Roberta E. Lenczowski Consulting

 - Mr. Keith Masback, U. S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (reappointed …

 - Mr. Kevin Pomfret, Centre for Spatial Law and Policy (reappointed …

 - Major General William N. Reddel III, New Hampshire National Guard (reappointed …

 - Ms. Rebecca Somers, Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants

 - Mr. Cy Smith, State of Oregon

 - Ms. Jennie Stapp, State of Montana

 - Ms. Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Stanford University (reappointed …

 - Dr. Harvey Thorleifson, State of Minnesota (reappointed …

 - Mr. Jason Warzinik, Boone County, Missouri (reappointed …

Ohio Statewide Imagery Program

The Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP)  is pleased to announce the contract for the third iteration of the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program (OSIP III) has been awarded to Woolpert,  Inc., an Ohio based engineering and aerial imagery firm that will serve as the prime contractor for OSIP III.  Through OSIP the State will acquire high-resolution imagery to support the geospatial needs of state and local government service providers, Geographic Information System users, and decision makers at all levels of government.

As with previous OSIP projects, state and local government agencies are provided the opportunity to obtain additional product offerings through the State’s Cooperative Purchase Agreement (CPA) program. Through the OSIP contract the State has negotiated fixed costs for state and local government entities with an active CPA to obtain enhanced products and services. These optional deliverables may be purchased at any time throughout the life of the OSIP contract and are not subject to the delivery schedule for the statewide products.

Acquisition of OSIP imagery will begin in the spring of 2017 and continue through 2020.

For more information please go to:



The use of IP-enabled devices such as PCs, Tablets, Smart Phones, VOIP, and Vehicle Telematics are now the communications norm and citizens expect to be able to place a 9-1-1 call and receive help regardless of the technologies they choose. But legacy 9-1-1 systems are based on circuit switched telephony designed to carry voice only calls, and not the digital data these devices are capable of sending. So instead of a dispatcher being able to locate your phone by its GPS coordinates you must be able to communicate your location to the dispatcher.

Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) is a major redesign in the way 9-1-1 calls are delivered, which when fully implemented will rely on digital networks and geographic information to route calls to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) based on location information provided by the caller’s device. But having an accurate location does not mean emergency responders will be able to locate a caller unless the geographic information underpinning the system is:

AVAILABLE – The data exists and is readily accessible

MAINTAINED – Updated and Synchronized nightly

AUTHORITATIVE – Maintained by regulation or statute


INTEGRATED – Aggregated, Normalized and Seamless



Most GIS data available to support NG9-1-1 is deficient in at least one of these areas, several are deficient in all five. A NG9-1-1 implementation requires specialized knowledge of spatial technologies, and few GIS departments have the necessary policies, procedures or infrastructure necessary to support the NG9-1-1 Spatial Information Function (SIF).

In Ohio the transition activities of over three-hundred 9-1-1 centers could be supported by creating a statewide SIF capability; relieving the need for local government to develop duplicative SIF infrastructure, support staff, procedures and policies.


In NG9-1-1 the Spatial Information Function (SIF) relies on specialized GIS capabilities and interfaces to support emergency call routing and location validation for NG9-1-1.

The creation of a SIF requires a new level of commitment to GIS at the state and local levels including the development of new capabilities and workflows for GIS professionals to support the provisioning of GIS data to the SIF. There is no NG9-1-1 without GIS.


Learn about how NG911 works.

Forge relationships with local 9-1-1 personnel and stakeholder groups:

·   PSAP Managers

·   Local Addressing Authorities

·   Street Authorities

·   Telephone Service Providers

·   County and City GIS Professionals

·   NG9-1-1 Service Providers

All must be involved in the design and maintenance of the NG9-1-1 system for it to be successful.

Build first-cut data sets and enlist 911 personnel in data maintenance.

Ensure centerlines and address data meet or exceed the State’s LBRS standards.