Minutes for February 8, 2024

Minutes for February 8, 2024

Call to Order – 10:03 am


Ex-Officio Members
MSDIS – Thomas Vought – p

State Members

MDA – Jacque Walters – p
Economic Development – Amelia AuBuchon – p
MDC – Tim Bixler – p
MOARNG – Wiley Howell – p
MoDOT – Colin Duewell – p

Cooperating Members

All State Consultants – Katilin Belk – p
City of Jefferson – Buster Schrage – p
Cole County – Melissa Johnson – pp
Mid-MO RPC – Jennifer Bowden – p
MO 911 Board – Brian Maydwell – p
MU Extension/CARES – Chris Barnett – p
Northwest Missouri State U – Ming-Chih Hung – pp
Sanborn – Brad Arshat – p
SEMO RPC – Sara Brown – p
Surdex – Steve Kasten – p
GISCI – Tony Spicci – pp
US ACE St. Louis – Jennifer Backer – p
USDA-NRCS – Katie Philbrick – p
Washington University – Mollie Webb – p
Wilson & Co – Derek Smith – p
City of Springfield – Nathan Huggins – p
City of Branson – Curtis Copeland – p

Other Attendees

Jack King
Shawn Penman
Rick Staudinger
Joe Eckman
Tara Vansell
S Thompson
Dustin Goodwin
Bill Steele
Nathan Mattox

Meeting Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve minutes from the January meeting. Motion passes unanimously.


OGI Report – NASPO contract allows access to drone services. It’s time to update our part in this contract. GIS expansion is still in the Governor’s recommended budget. Dollar is what we requested, but FTE was reduced from 12 to 6. Big news for OGI (and MSDIS!).

MSDIS Report – January 2024.

Updated Data
MSDIS received no new or updated data during January 2024 however we can confirm that, as of 08 February 2024, a successful data sharing workflow has been implemented via ArcGIS Online thanks to the hard work of our friends at OGI. As we’ve stated in the past, this is an incredibly exciting development, and we look forward to seeing how this new process will both maintain the integrity of data shared via MSDIS and improve how state agencies share their data to the clearinghouse.

MSDIS General News
MSDIS was very happy to assist with the Missouri Imagery Webinar on 25 January. We are always thrilled to be able to announce new imagery datasets, but it is especially nice to be able to show people how to access and use those data. Since the webinar, we have already received multiple requests to load up external drives with various pieces of the new Missouri imagery. We are, of course, happy to fulfill these requests on a first come, first served basis.
With the start of a new semester, also comes the introduction of two new interns. This semester, we are extremely pleased to announce that we will be joined by Brennan Meyerhoff and Rachel Riley. Both Brennan and Rachel are undergraduates with Mizzou Geography and survivors of our very own GEOG 1800 course. We are very excited to see what kinds of projects they put together and what new insights they bring to the clearinghouse.
We are still looking for more geospatial professionals to guest lecture in GEOG 1800. If you work with GIS and are interested in giving a brief (30-40 minute) presentation to a group of students about what you do and how you use the technology, please email Tom at voughtth@missouri.edu.

MSDIS Downtime
Outside of the brief downtime on 09 January that was previously described in the December 2023 report, no downtime was reported in January 2024.

Image Server Statistics
Since the replacement of the MSDIS Image Server, we have struggled to find a software to provide a comprehensive breakdown of server and service usage. We had hoped that the statistics pulled directly from ArcGIS Server Manager would be a suitable substitute, but the very bare-bones records were significantly less than what we wanted.
Moving forward, we will no longer publish these numbers in our monthly reports. We will remain on the lookout for a reliable option for parsing the server usage in the hope that we can publish these numbers again. The raw server logs are still being saved if anyone requires them. Should anyone need a rough estimate of usage for certain specific services, we are more than happy to run those numbers via Server Manager.
First, with the start of the Spring semester at Mizzou, we have two new interns that we are very happy to introduce. Starting last month, the clearinghouse if now joined by Brennan Meyerhoff and Rachel Riley. Brennan and Rachel are undergrads with Mizzou Geography and both are already off and running with their own story map ideas. With a new Spring semester also comes new classroom responsibilities for MSDIS, though. As with last year, there may be a bit of a delay with clearinghouse house work as we navigate the perils of a MWF teaching schedule. The good news, though, is that this has already been an excellent class so far. We have a relatively small group of students this year, but they have already started asking excellent questions. We are doing our level best to aim them at pursuing geospatial jobs within Missouri, so if anyone has any internship opportunities this summer, please let us know.
Second, and more clearinghouse related, we believe we finally have a working AGOL data sharing implementation. Our colleagues at OGI have been working hard to find a better way to get data to the MSDIS and it looks like, as of yesterday, we might finally have a winner. There are still a few intriguing peculiarities to work out, but this looks like it will be a great way for our various partners to share their data with us.

Treasurer’s Report – No changes. $38,854.26

Membership Report – 35 members. Down to 2 vacancies now. Columbia and SEMA have been filled.

By-Laws Report – No changes.


Broadband Update – Amelia AuBuchon – They are prepping for the BEAD program. Got $1.7 billion to fill broadband gap in Missouri. Nearly 300,000 unserved currently. Map shows unserved locations as well as underserved. Challenge process will begin in spring (March). Additional functionalities will be added when challenge kicks off. Addresses come from Cost Quest. They only use serviceable residential and commercial buildings. Eligible challengers are providers, local governments, and non-profits.

Committee Reports

Data Development Report – Imagery renewal sent to OA for final review. Lidar contract DCA grant from USGS will be reviewed soon. Webinar to access new imagery data went great. USFW national wetland inventory is getting an update. HUC 10s in Missouri and neighbor states included. Will save us having to update some spots. KC light and water is going after EPA grant to get some updates in their area. 3DEP awarded QL1 in 11 counties. Task Order was recently delivered for reviewing. Will fly soon. This is for southeast MO.

911 Report – Question during webinar about collection dates. There is a layer of flightlines for this that will go on MSDIS soon. 26 applications for GIS grant. Portal isn’t up yet. Hoping to get more but everyone in the red counties have all applied.

Legislative Report – 5 bills currently floating around. 2 codifies the GIS council. 1 deals with drones. 1 deals with Lidar. 1 about GIS data cost and sunshine laws. There was a hearing regarding one of the codifying bills. 3 people spoke in favor of it. It passed out of committee this morning. The senate bill and the House bill will need to be reconciled in language eventually.

Outreach Report – Worked on strategic planning page and Data Development page. Planning to put together an actual written strategic planning document. Will start with a survey. Will review budget in coming months. Also, time to be thinking about elections. Need a chair-elect at minimum. Requesting for formal nominations in March to May. Vote in May. April/May reviewal letters going out.
2025 Conference venue RFP went out for review.

Education Report – January meeting was the ArcGIS Online competition kick-off with Dr. Bob Coulter. USGIF scholarship application is open. Some MO specific scholarships and some St. Louis specific scholarships available. UMSL Geospatial Summer Camp registration is open for high school kids. Several conferences for educators. Next meeting is February 13, 2024. Tom Vought is guest speaker. Tara is also seeking speakers on using GIS tools for her class. This can be used for GISP time.

Liaison Reports

MAGIC – April in Omaha. Early bird was extended to the end of the month. Still accepting abstracts.

NSGIC – Midyear meeting is last week of March Katilin Belk is going as MO representative.

Cooperating Agency Reports

USGS – Trail mapping project will have a new version coming out soon. Capable of giving scenarios on how to connect some trails to assist in trail expansion.

Open Discussion

Old MPRA trail data is now archived on CARES site.

Wiley is going to Fed UC so if anyone else is going let him know if they want to hang out.

2 CSR 90-65.040 Coordinate System for Digital Cadastral Parcel Mapping Specified will be changing our coordinate system from US feet to International feet. Use the conversion of 1 meter equals 3.2808399 feet, where one international foot equals 0.3048 meters exactly. The change is not yet official but this will create a mess moving forward as it been US FT for a long time. Historical documents and surveys will be impacted and need updating.

Adjourned – 11:45am

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