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North Dakota GIS Initiative Report

To Governor John Hoeven

July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006

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Executive Order 2001-06:
“The committee shall issue a report to the Governor's office at the end of each fiscal year, detailing progress, and problems encountered with GIS development in the state.”

Executive Summary

The North Dakota Geographic Information System (GIS) initiative continued to grow during the July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006 reporting period. The GIS Technical Committee (GISTC) continues to enhance the GIS Hub by adding data and applications and increasing awareness of the Hub by promoting its use, value and functionality. These efforts continue to pay off as indicated by the usage of the GIS Hub. There is an average of 35-40 daily concurrent connections to the GIS Hub database from state agencies. The web applications average almost 70,000 hits per month compared to an average of 50,000 hits during the previous report period. April 2006 was a record-setting month for the GIS Hub web applications with over 102,000 hits. Data downloads average over 2,800 per month.

There are approximately 180 layers on the GIS Hub. At the end of June 2006 these layers consumed approximately 2,285 gigabytes of storage compared to about 1,350 gigabytes in June of 2005. New data that have been loaded onto the GIS Hub over the past year include: High-resolution aerial photography in the Bismarck-Mandan area, high-resolution aerial photography for Cass County and in the Fargo area, statewide elevation data from the National Geographic Society. Updated data sets include transportation, city boundary, and statewide color aerial photography data. The GIS Hub also contains agency-specific data that is maintained and used internally by those agencies.

The GIS Hub, which is hosted within the State Information Technology Department's infrastructure, is the foundation of GIS work at the state agency level. Although the GIS Hub serves state agencies as a first priority, other levels of government and citizens also benefit from the GIS Hub. Agencies can utilize the GIS Hub infrastructure for applications to be used internally or provided to their constituents, saving them from having to build their own duplicated infrastructure. With the GIS Hub, data is available through several standardized interfaces and in a seamless and common format. The GISTC is the key factor in promoting new and updated GIS Hub data which is important to existing, new, and planned GIS Hub applications.

Accomplishment Highlights and Details

New GIS Hub Applications

Updated GIS Hub Applications

New Data

Updated Data

Strategic Plan

GIS Professional Services Contract Pool

Training and Education

Other Activities


Data Acquisition Through Partnerships

Data: Road Centerlines

Streamlined GIS Activities


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