Minutes for June 8, 2023

Minutes for June 8, 2023

MGISAC Minutes
Call to Order – 10:01am

Ex-Officio members
MSDIS – Thomas Vought – P
NSGIC Liaison – Tracy Schloss – P
OA ITSD GIS – Tracy Schloss – P
USGS – David Nail – P
State Members
MDA – Jacque Walters – P
DNR – Zack Becker – P
Economic Development – Amelia AuBuchon – P
MDC – Tim Bixler – P
MOARNG – Wiley Howell – P
MoDOT – Colin Duewell – P
OA Planning and Budget – Matt Hesser – P

Cooperating Members
BCFPD – Jason Warzinik – PP
Boone County – Nathan Mattox – P
City of Columbia – P
City of Jefferson – Buster Schrage – P
City of Lee’s Summit – Steve Marsh – PP
Cole County – Melissa Johnson – P
Mid-MO RPC – Jennifer Bowden – P
MO 911 Board – Brian Maydwell – P
MU Extension/CARES – Chris Barnett – P
Northwest Missouri State – Ming-Chih Hung – P
Sanborn – Brad Arshat – P
Surdex – Steve Kasten – P
US ACE St. Louis – Michael Gawedzinski – P
Washington University – Mollie Webb – P
Wilson & Co – Derek Smith – P

Other Attendees
Jack King
Nate Huggins – Springfield
Andy Schiller
Curtis Copeland – Branson
Jessi Wilson
Mike Duong
Sam Moffat
Saralyn Hayes
Tara Vansell
Seth Fredrickson
Craig Best
Ron McCord

Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve the meeting minutes from the May meeting. Motion passes unanimously.
MGISAC Administration
OGI Report – Jeff Wann is no longer the CIO. He has been replaced by John Laurent currently. Membership letters will be approved by John once they are ready. Website access is getting closer. Tracy has been putting together list of what we are doing and the costs so we know how much we are spending now so we can have conversation about duplicate efforts and contract. A lot o has been purchased with ARPA funds and we need a plan of costs when that runs out. Data Development committee with continue the conversation.
MSDIS Report – May 2023. We have received Proof of Concept on the 2022 imagery.
Updated Data
– MO Ambulatory Surgical Centers
– MO Dialysis Centers
– MO Rural Health Clinics
– MO WIC Satellite Offices
– MO Adult Daycare
– MO Long Term Care Facilities
– MO Licensed Pharmacies
– MO Hospitals

MSDIS General News
As promised, MSDIS took a long look at our LiDAR data assets this month. While most of the services that were available on the old imagery server were migrated over to the new imagery server, LiDAR was the major exception. The lack of LiDAR services was not the result of malice, but was an unfortunate consequence of a deeply disorganized catalog of data. The fact of the matter is that we have almost 100 different folders in our LiDAR directory. Some of those folders are recent, some are ancient. Some are discrete projects, some are smaller components of much larger collections that were delivered in pieces.

Some have metadata and can be accurately dated, some have no documentation whatsoever.
Instead of just republishing each project as its own mosaic and hoping for the best, we enlisted the aid of our good friend (and Missouri LiDAR guru) Dave Nail to help make sense of what we have locked away on our servers. Dave kindly provided a list of the most recent projects necessary to build a statewide LiDAR layer. We cross-referenced that list with our directory and published only those projects that Dave identified.

If you take a look at the current selection of LiDAR services, you’ll quickly realize that we are a very long way away from statewide coverage. Right now, we’ve got a pretty solid handle on the southern half of the state (which is actually pretty convenient considering the recent aerial photography collection), but the northern half of the state is largely unrepresented. Obviously, that is unacceptable. In the coming months, we will try to continue working with Dave to secure access to the remaining LiDAR projects that are available and get those published. As we understand the issue, that still will not get us complete coverage. According to the list Dave provided, we will still be short by at least three collections and we’re not sure how much actual area that translates to.

To summarize, then, we’ve published the latest and greatest LiDAR that we have, we’re going to try to hunt down access to the LiDAR we don’t have, and then we’re going to sit around and do our best impersonation of someone trying to be patient while we wait for the last few outstanding projects to become available. As always, your continued support and understanding is appreciated.

MSDIS Downtime
No outages were reported during April 2023.

MSDIS May 2023 Server Stats
We have reached out to our friends at the Division of IT to discuss the availability of server log analysis software. If we still cannot find a viable solution, we have already started exporting some very rough statistics from ArcServer Manager. These numbers are not as informative as what we were able to pull from Sawmill, but they are better than nothing.

Treasurer’s Report – Conference total was $41,130. Expenses $23,728.39. Final $23,851.61. Account total $41,223.75. It is time for the 2-year budget discussion. Our fiscal year is July 1 to June 30, 2025. During covid the budget was set where all changes had to come to the council for approval. We will be going back to the former format where outside expenses will be reviewed by the chair and the treasurer. We have $31,223.75 available. $10,000 is reserved as a safety net. Cyclical expenses are NSGIC and web hosting. This cycle’s budget has a membership hike built into it. NSGIC did not raise the membership cost this year but it’s possible it could happen next year so we are programming ahead just in case. Funding for mid-year conference has been factored in. Awards and some sponsorships have been removed from cyclical budget and into discretionary funding. There used to be programmed funds for Education and Local Government committee that is no longer programmed due to not being utilized. A $5,000 set aside slush fund has been put together in case a committee needs to request funds outside their typical budget. This must be approved by the Chair. Current budget total is $18,770 leaving over $12k still unallocated of the available funds.
*VOTE – Motion made and seconded to accept the budget as proposed. Budget is approved unanimously.
Membership Report – Attendees do not have to be members to participate and chair committees. Only members can vote and run for elected positions. Membership runs in 2-year terms and are renewed based on attendance. Current membership is 34 members with a quorum of 18. Two who haven’t been attending regularly will be dropping off the roster with this renewal. Membership aligns with the state fiscal year. July 1 is when members who aren’t in good standing will drop off. Tony will no longer be NSGIC Liaison. Tracy will be filling this spot moving forward.
*VOTE – Motion made and seconded to add City of Springfield as a member with Nate Huggins as their representative. Motion passes unanimously.
*VOTE – Motion made and seconded to add City of Branson as a member with Curtis Copeland as their representative. Motion passes unanimously.
*VOTE – Motion made and seconded to add the GIS Certification Institute as a member with Tony Spicci as their representative. Motion passes unanimously.
By-Laws Report – No Report
Discussion Topics/Presentation
Sanborn gave a presentation on the 2023 Imagery that was just flown. It will be ready to QC in July. There will be a training for those who have volunteered to QC. The flight covers 40 northern counties. Final delivery is expected in August. It is 6-inch 4-band photography that is spring leaf off now and flood free imagery. Those who assist in QCing will be looking for misalignments in linear features, warped bridges, obvious seams between images, out of focus imagery, clouds, etc.
Committee Reports
Data Development – If you are interested in getting volunteer hours for your GISP sign up to help QC the 2023 imagery. Kickoff meeting when tiles are ready in viewer. Probably in July. There is interest in having a remote Emergency related workshop. Need to get with Outreach committee to see how cooperation can be had.
MoHIC is working on getting working groups together to fill various tasks. They have money for LIDAR and need to find where the needs are moving forward. It will feed into the MoHIC dashboard. Need to reach out to see who may have partnership funds.
Education – ArcGIS Online competition had MO students get a National Honorable Mention. USGIF did interviews with students at the GeoInt conference that will be available later. Tara got to be a guide at the conference and commandeered Wiley to assist at one point.
Geo Educators conference was this week. Session were recorded.
There is an in-person workshop available in Gettysburg, PA in August. They offer a stipend so attendees can get paid for their time.
Applications open for Geospatial Educator Certification. They are looking for more advanced and intermediate users to be certified. 2024 summer internships are open.
IT people seem uncomfortable allowing educators sign up for the ESRI Educator’s Bundle. Bundle is free but ESRI doesn’t sign some document that ties to a privacy student form that some schools have. This prevents some teachers from being able to use ESRI products.
Legislative – Both GIS bills failed. They made it to the floor and died there. It was attached to a passing bill and the clock ran out. Going after it again. Need to get on some page earlier this time.
Outreach – Looking for members. Has been reaching out to a former list of committee members. Have put together a document with plans and ideas. Interested in grants and scholarships but may need 501c3 status to follow through with.
Marketing and Communication – No Report
MOGISCON – No Report
NG911 – Data remediation RFP should be available this week or next. Going over validation and aggregation portal soon.
Liaison Reports
MAGIC – No Report
NSGIC – Website has changed and been redesigned. If you had bookmarks they maybe moved now. 28 states have turned in their Maturity Assessment. A 501c3 has been formed in TX. This was done without bringing it to the membership and it’s hard to say how this may impact things. Indiana nearly had legislation pass that they couldn’t use LIDAR to create floodplain projects. This would have caused huge issues if passed. NSGIC has state profiles for out to the public. Considering adding to this profile.
Cooperating Agency Reports
USGS – No Report
NRCS – No Report
Census Bureau – No Report
MMA – No Report
MSPS – No Report
Adjourned – 12:23pm
July Meeting Cancelled

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