Missouri GIS Advisory Committee Minutes – April 15, 1997

Missouri GIS Advisory Committee Minutes – April 15, 1997

Missouri Spatial Data Information Service – University of Missouri – Columbia Campus – Memorial Union Rm North 232
9:00 am. – 11:00 am.


  1. Introductions
  2. Approval of February 24, 1997 meeting minutes
  3. Summary of 2nd Annual GIS Conference
  4. Approval of MSDIS brochure
  5. Status of USGS-FGDC Initiative – MSDIS CCAP proposal
  6. Status of USGS-FGDC Initiative – FDPP proposal
  7. Discussion of bylaws modification
  8. Workplan discussion & prioritization of tasks

Present: Ryan Burson, Lew Davison, Ann Peton, Tony Spicci, Mike Benzen, and Tim Haithcoat

Ryan Burson called the meeting to order. The minutes of the February 24, 1997 meeting of the Missouri GIS Advisory Committee were approved.

Mike Benzen provided an update on Office of Information Technology programs, tasks, and progress. Topics discussed included: 1) the Year 2000 – $57 million dollar budget items progress, 2) Consolidation status, 3) network assessment and planning, and 4) Data Processing/Information Technologists employee recruitment – specifically aptitude testing and coalition building.

Haithcoat gave a quick rundown on the successes and improvement areas of the 2nd Annual Missouri State GIS Conference. He is to provide a summary of the conference ‘results’ and a summary of the input obtained during the MGISAC panel discussion at the meeting. This is to include summary statistics, geographic distribution of attendees, summarization of conference evaluations, and other discussions.

The draft Missouri Spatial Data Information Service brochure will be provided to the MGISAC for comment.

Status reports for two Federal Geographic Data Committee grants were given. The MSDIS Competitive Cooperative Agreement Program (CCAP) proposal for a Missouri Clearinghouse node on the NSDI has not been heard from. Lew Davison should be receiving FDPP proposal guidelines anytime now as he is the contact for that proposal.

Discussion then turned to the bylaws. It was opened for discussion that the bylaws be modified to expand the size of the committee from 7 to 9. This change would alter section 2 paragraph 3 describing the composition as changing from 2 standing and 5 appointed to 2 standing and 7 appointed. This was motioned and seconded. The vote was unanimous in support of this change. Mike Benzen was to mail the appointment letters to the new members: Elizabeth Cook (USDA-NRCS/Lincoln University) and Darryl Williams (USGS-Rolla). Tim was to send the first draft workplan out to these new members for their comment and input.

MGISAC/MSDIS Workplan Status: Haithcoat took the tasks and allocated staff, computer time, supplies, hardware, and software costs for each task. He also to listed dependencies within and between tasks. This detailed work plan was sent to each member prior to the meeting. After much discussion it was decided that each representative would rank these tasks as: 1 – critical to mission, 2 – important tasks, and 3 – lower priority tasks. These rankings and any other comments are due from Committee members to Haithcoat by April 23, 1997. Haithcoat will then compile these rankings and generate a second draft incorporating these rankings and the budget limitations of FY98. The second draft is to be mailed to each committee member at least 1 week prior to the next meeting.

Burson will be in contact with MGISAC members to set the time and location of our next meeting. Tentatively it was set for Friday May 23rd at the Missouri Department of Transportation from 10:00 to 12:00.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15.

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