SECTION 155:35-1-3. State Geographic Information Council, Geographic Information Revolving Fund and Office of Geographic Information  

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  • (a)   State agencies have pursued using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to support capturing, managing, manipulating, analyzing, and displaying spatially referenced data for solving complex planning and management problems since the early 1980's. Legislation in 1994 created the State Geographic Information System Council to coordinate the preparation of a Strategy for Developing a Geographic Information for the State of Oklahoma, focusing on, but not limited to, natural resources.
    (b)   In May of 1996 the Council presented to the Legislature a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Strategy for the State of Oklahoma. Through volunteer efforts of Council member agencies many of the action items identified within the document have at least been partially implemented. However, due to the rapid adoption of GIS in decision-making and the accelerating availability of digital geographic information, legislation in 2004 expanded the membership of the Council as well as established the Office of Geographic Information to address the state's responsibility to efficiently coordinate the development and management of this critical infrastructure. This legislation removed the word "System" from the Council's title and increased the membership to 19 by adding representatives outside the natural resource arena.
    (c)   An important role of the Council and the Office of Geographic Information is to lead and encourage continued development and use of the Oklahoma Spatial Data Infrastructure (OSDI). The OSDI is modeled after the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and is, in fact, the Oklahoma component of the NSDI. In a sense, the Council can be viewed as the policy arm of geographic information coordination while the Office of Geographic Information is the implementor of that policy.
    (d)   The Conservation Commission will use its leadership position on the Council and the Office of Geographic Information to further develop the OSDI using the requirements and guidelines spelled out in 82 O. S. Ann. §§ 1501-205.1 - 205.3 for the betterment of the citizens of this state.
[Source: Added at 26 Ok Reg 804, eff 4-25-09]