Notes: Texas GIS Community Meeting 1st Quarter 2016

The first quarter Texas GIS Community meeting of 2016 was held on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016.

Project Updates

Statewide Orthoimagery 2015

Gayla Mullins

StratMap Contract Update

Gayla Mullins

South Central Texas Lidar

Joey Thomas

Agency Roll Call

Many representatives of government agencies and city governments from across the state were in attendance, and shared updates on key projects and initiatives their organizations are working on. We'd love to see you or your organization at the next meeting.

Texas General Land Office Logo and Link to website Texas General Land Office

Scot Friedman

Further customizing and improving Texas Coasts web map application (, a public information portal regarding access to recreation along the coast. Also using custom code to improve Texas Beach Watch, a public information site serving daily beach conditions for specific Texas beaches. Improving CGAP – working on a geodatabase to show active grant funded projects along the coast. Oil Spill Toolkit – set for completion of annual release very soon. Supporting field staff with mobile data collection app. Working with the UT Bureau of Economic Geology to fly the coast.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Kim Ludeke

Continue to use and refine VegMap to better map the National Seashore/Padre Island area. Constantly using any funding they can get to improve the ecological indices, working from West Texas to the Panhandle on down to the Texas Coast with careful attention to the highest conservation areas. Working with 1930s Tobin imagery and georeference of Guadalupe watershed. Powderhorn Ranch (17,000 acres) getting hyperspectral and lidar for the new State Park.

logo and link to TNRIS Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS)

#### Richard Wade

Getting roll film scanner donated from TxDOT which will help digitize historic roll film stored at TNRIS. Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) grants likely available from GLO to help with digitizing historic imagery. TNRIS’ goal is to get the historic imagery online for public access and preservation.

logo and link for CSEC Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC)

#### M. Watt

Worked with Infogroup recently to procure business/residential records. Some Regional Planning Councils using to validate current address points for 911, some struggling with data size. The data have been useful in comparing current inventory and in making sure road centerlines match at 90%. A workshop will be held in February where they expect more feedback regarding the utility of the data.

logo and link to Williams County Williamson County (WilCo)

#### R. McEntee

2016 President of the Williamson Co GIS Council (WilCo). Present at the meeting to introduce himself and invite State participants to give a presentation at their next meeting to be held 2/4/2016. Would like to grow the list of invites. They host big GIS Day at Dell Diamond each year in November.

Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS)

#### M. Ouimet

Two open GIS positions at DPS. GIS III at TDEM and GIS II at Highway Patrol.

logo and link to state Demographer's office Office of the State Demographer (OSD)/State Data Center (SDC)

#### J. Jordan

Working on State population estimates and projections.

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

#### C. Bardash

Nearing completion of a project to push to an online GIS data presence. About to launch an open data portal using ArcGIS Online technology. Presentation on portal scheduled for next GIS Community Meeting.


GIS Solutions Group Overview

Felicia Retiz – Deputy GIO, TNRIS

The GIS Solutions group formed in early 2014 as a cooperative team to help guide and build GIS technology services through the Data Services Center (DCS). This talk presented an overview of the group efforts in the year one of its existence.

Statewide Data Coordination Program – The Data Roadmap for Texas

Ed Kelly – State Data Coordinator, DIR

A brief background on the creation and role of the Statewide Data Coordinator position as well as an overview of the core components of the Program and their alignment to the 2016‐2020 State Strategic Plan for Information Resources Management.

Texas GIO Report 2016

Richard Wade – Director/GIO, TNRIS

A report to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House is in the works and will be delivered by December 1, 2016. The report will address data needs, recommendations on the use and sharing of geographic information, and current initiatives to bring GIS technology into daily state government operations.

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