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Establishing Authority
The Geographic Information Coordinating Council is charged with fostering cooperation among government agencies, universities and the private sector, creating policy and resolving technical issues related to North Carolina’s geographic information and GIS technology.

In 2001, the North Carolina General Assembly passed Session Law 2001-359, establishing the Geographic Information Coordinating Council by law.  It also confirmed the role of the Center for Geographic Information and Analysis as staff to the Council with additional responsibilities to provide Internet access to State geographic information. See North Carolina General Statutes Article 76, §143-725 through §143-727.

The Council reports annually to the Governor and to the General Assembly.

Bylaws

Members
GICC members are appointed by the Governor, the North Carolina Senate, the North Carolina House, or serve ex officio, by virtue of their office.
Current Official Members

Attending members include the official members, or the individual designated to represent their offices at Council meetings.
Current Official Attendees

Chair
Stan Duncan was appointed as chair of the GICC in June 2013.  Mr. Duncan is the county assessor and tax collector for Henderson County and oversees the Land Records / Mapping section.  Previously he served for more than 20 years as a Valuation Specialist for the NC Department of Revenue.  He is Past President of the NC Association of Assessing Officers.

Staff
The Center for Geographic Information and Analysis is staff to the NC GICC, and maintains this website.  Contact staff at tim.johnson@nc.gov or by telephone, 919.754.6588.

National Geospatial Program Office Partnership
The GICC supports the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and in 2005 signed a formal agreement for coordination and collaboration with the USGS National Geospatial Programs Office.

Brief History of the GICC
The creation of the Geographic Information Coordinating Council and its governing provisions were based on the recommendations of the “GIS Planning Task Force.”  The task force was formed in January 1991 by the Information Technology Commission (ITC), which was chaired by the Governor and included members of the Council of State and leaders in the field of information management, both within and outside state government.  The GIS Planning Task Force recommendations included a mission statement, the functions of GIS coordination, and the organizational structure in order to achieve them.  The result: The Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) was established through Executive Order #147 issued on July 30, 1991 by Governor James G. Martin.

A successive Executive Order No. 16 was issued by Governor James B. Hunt Jr. on May 21, 1993 to continue the Council structure and responsibilities, as well as stipulate duties for the Center for Geographic Information and Analysis which included the provision of services to state agencies, staffing the Council and its committees, and providing for a state clearinghouse for the exchange of digital geographic information.

Legislature Authorizes Study of State Agencies

The FY09-10 budget passed by the North Carolina General Assembly incorporated the “Geographic Information Consolidation” plan.  The Consolidation Implementation Plan was initially presented to the NC Legislature on December 1, 2008, as directed by Session Law 2008-0107, Section 6.13.

The FY 09-10 budget bill implements the Plan in three work streams: (1) The Center for Geographic Information and Analysis is transferred to the Office of the State Chief Information Officer and appropriated funding is established for staff activities supporting the Geographic Information Coordinating Council, statewide standards, and the coordination of data acquisition. (2) Reestablishes CGIA’s professional services component and refocuses that effort toward current needs of the community while reducing those overhead costs; and (3) Revitalizes the NC OneMap project by leveraging new technology in the market to reduce costs while increasing utility of the service.


The GICC seeks to:
  • Foster voluntary cooperation among state, federal, and local government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector relative to geographic information;
  • Improve the quality, access, cost-effectiveness and utility of North Carolina’s geographic information and resources, and promote geographic information as a strategic resource for the state;
  • Efficiently collect, develop and use geographic information through voluntary exchange and sharing of data and computer technology;
  • Explore, guide and provide an administrative framework for geographic information coordination including:
    • Developing standards
    • Strategic planning
    • Resolution of policy and technical issues
    • Providing central direction and oversight
    • Advising the Governor and the Legislature as to needed directions, responsibilities and funding regarding geographic information.

The GICC works through a committee structure that includes three GIS user committees representing state government agencies (SGUC), local governments (LGC), and federal government agencies with a presence in North Carolina (FIC).  The Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee and GIS Technical Advisory Committee draw members from all three user committees.  See the Poster of geospatial collaboration in North Carolina.

Adopting Policies and Standards
The need for policies and standards at the state level was a primary motivation for forming the Council.  Important standards have been adopted through the years involving, among others, GPS equipment data collection and documentation, a standard classification system for the mapping of land use and land cover, geographic data content standard for water distribution and sanitary sewer systems, geographic data content standard for transportation roads data, and a data content standard for metadata. Read more about Standards.

Policies express Council directions and the State’s participation in national initiatives.  Recent policies involve the state’s direction for acquisition of Digital Orthophotography; Horizontal Reference, Datum and Unit of Measure; the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Agreement; and Guidelines for Providing Appropriate Access to Geospatial Data in Response to Security Concerns.  The Council passes resolutions in support of national efforts.

The GICC was instrumental in providing the first statewide basemaps of digital orthophotography: 1993 (black and white), and 1998 (color infrared).  Although these products were at a lower resolution (1:12,000 scale), it provided the impetus for the collection of higher resolution (1:1,200 scale) local government orthophotography across the state.  Through the GICC’s cost-sharing program, this State managed and federally-funded program has provided one million dollars to local governments for acquisition of orthophotography.  In 2010-11, the GICC worked with the NC 911 Board, which funded a project to acquire and distribute high-resolution imagery for all 100 counties in NC. 

Read more about Policies.

To get detailed information about the issues before the Council, please refer to the Annual Reports.
        

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    December 2014 - Addresses Available From NC OneMap

    With the recent completion of the update to the Master Address Data Set, the 2014 version is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal.

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    October 2014 - LGC Newsletter Published

    The importance of statewide parcel data is described in the second edition of the new LGC newsletter.

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    June 2014 - NC Parcels Project Final Technical Report

    The final technical report marks the successful completion of the NC Cadastral Data Exchange project. The report has been completed and is now available. 

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    June 2014 - Parcels Now Online
    Standardized parcel data for 25 counties is now available as a map service, a feature service, or as downloadable data. Visit the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal.  read more ...

    June 2014 - Geoportal Adds NCDOT Web Services
    More than 40 new web services from NC Department of Transportation, including rail lines and road characteristics, are discoverable through the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal. read more ...

    Feb 2014 - LGC Newsletter Published

    The use of statewide data in local government has been showcased in the first edition of the new GICC newsletter.

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    Feb 2014 - 2013 Imagery Online
    The imagery for 25 counties in the Eastern Piedmont region is now available as a region-wide image service and for download in areas of interest. Visit the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal or watch the video to see a demo of how to access the new imagery.
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    Feb 2014 - Geospatial Portal Adds Data

    The NC OneMap Geospatial Portal added more content in 2013. Watch the video to see a demo of the features or visit the geospatial portal and check it out for yourself.

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