GIS Program

Geographic Information System (GIS) Program

NDACo created the GIS Program in response to a need in many counties. The program will:

  • Provide counties in need with access to a qualified GIS resource and services
  • Perform data analysis and create digital map exhibits as needed for decision makers and the public
  • Seek common efficiencies at the county level through an application of GIS technology and online mapping services
  • Serve as a GIS liaison for counties with state and federal partners as deemed appropriate
  • Find ways to empower county representatives with access to data update capabilities.

As with other NDACo programs, the GIS Program is envisioned not to replace county employees or vendor relationships, but as a support for counties to increase their usage of GIS data and GIS technologies. Further, the program does not plan to perform data development or maintenance of GIS datasets out of a concern that NDACo’s resources could quickly become overwhelmed with requests for the creation of data. This may be re-evaluated as the program maturesand evolves to meet counties' needs.

The program expects to focus on preparing mapping products and performing analysis on datasets that already have a GIS maintenance workflow such as:

  • Parcels
  • Roads
  • Address points
  • Aerial imagery
  • Topography
  • Emergency service datasets
  • Other state and federal datasets

We believe that all counties should have access to a GIS resource that can provide services on a broad array of topics relevant to county services. This would allow for that access without the county needing to commit to the full cost of a GIS employee.