Palm Beach Countywide GIS
GIS Organization and Guidance
One of the EGIS strategic themes is efficiency. Our Enterprise GIS is dependent upon having a centrally managed repository of geographic data. While maintenance of the data is often decentralized, access to various agency geographic data is centrally managed. This means that a sophisticated system of databases, servers, high-speed networks and web technology must be available and continuously enhanced and maintained.
The GIS Organization Structure includes the GIS Policy Advisory Committee (GIS-PAC), the GIS Project Management Team (PMT) and the Palm Beach Countywide GIS Forum
http://www.gisforum.org. The GIS-PAC is the steering committee, the PMT is responsible for the enterprise system (EGIS), and the Forum is its own not-for-profit GIS educational organization that brings in other government entities and the private sector. The GIS Forum holds bi-monthly networking and educational meetings and has produced over 22 annual conferences, surpassing most state GIS conferences in attendance. The GIS Operations include:
Countywide GIS Coordination
Countywide GIS Coordination is housed in the ISS Department due to the service nature of the organization. Countywide GIS Coordination is responsible for:
- Developing Partnerships
- End User Coordination
- Intergovernmental Coordination
- Contract Administration
- eGIS Strategic Planning
- GIS Education
- Public Relations
- Managing the GIS Service Bureau
Currently there is one employee handling this function:
GIS Service Bureau
Palm Beach County established the GIS Service Bureau in ISS as part of the Platform Services Division. The Service Bureau maintains the EGIS technical environment, develops and maintains GIS web applications, performs quality assurance, manages enterprise projects, publishes and handles the distribution of GIS data to both the public and private sectors.
As a member of the GIS Policy Advisory Committee, ISS plays a key role in supporting GIS activities in Palm Beach County. From administrative to technical, the ISS organization is positioned to facilitate the use and growth of Geographic Information technology both within the County government structure and extending outward to other local governments in the area.
GIS Project Management Team
The GIS Project Management Team is appointed by the GIS Policy Advisory Committee. Members include technical/managerial staff responsible for the review and recommendations of matters concerning GIS. The members represent core agencies that create, maintain and use geographic information. Their successful implementation of EGIS is attributed to the Self-Directed Team approach for the project team. These individuals are responsible, not only for their department's GIS mission, but also for the enterprise GIS activities as well.
Countywide GIS Coordination
Emergency Management/Public Safety
Engineering - Streetscape
Environmental Resources Management
Planning Zoning and Building
Property Appraiser's Office
Water Utilities Department