Minutes for March 14, 2024

Minutes for March 14, 2024

Call to Order – 10:01am


Ex-Officio Members
MSDIS – Thomas Vought – p
OA-ITSD/NSGIC – Tracy Schloss – p
USGS – David Nail – p

State Members
MDA – Jacque Walters – p
DNR – Zackary Becker – pp
MDC – Tim Bixler – p
MOARNG – Wiley Howell – p
MoDOT – Colin Duewell – p
OA Planning & Budget – Matt Hesser – p

Cooperating Members
All State Consultants – Katilin Belk – p
BCFPD – Jason Warzinik – p
City of Columbia – Calvin Patterson – p
City of Jefferson – Buster Schrage – p
Cole County – Melissa Johnson – p
Mid-MO RPC – Jennifer Bowden – p
MO 911 Board – Brian Maydwell – p
MU Extension/CARES – Chris Barnett – p
Sanborn – Brad Arshat – p
Surdex – Steve Kasten – p
GISCI – Tony Spicci – pp
US ACE St Louis – Jennifer Backer – p
Washington University – Mollie Webb – p
Wilson & Co – Derek Smith – p
City of Springfield – Nathan Huggins – pp
City of Branson – Curtis Copeland – p

Other Attendees
Dustin Goodwin – Columbia Water & Light
Andy Schiller – DNR
Joe Eckman – ESRI
Shawn Penman – 911
Brian Ingalls – St Charles Water
Dorris Scott – Washington University
Kayla Flamm – MO Botanical Gardens
Amanda Bybee – Springfield
Morgan Holtmeyer – REJIS
Sydney Roberts
Stacey Roberts – MAGIC
Tim Haithcoat
Rick Staudinger – MO Ag
Tara Vansell – Lindenwood University
Alexis Slusser – MO DOR
Travis Tomson – MDC/Surveying


OGI Report – State will have interns. Posting is open currently. GIS expansion is still in the budget for MSDIS, enterprise license agreement, and 6 staff. Around $3m. Need to be more specific when talking about GIS needs. Working on GIS Professional Services qualified vendors list. Intending for it to be a cooperative agreement. Will be asking others to look it over. State will be expected to use this list. Others are open to use it as well. There should be a mechanism for State to give MSDIS money and they shouldn’t need to be on a qualified list but still need to iron out exactly how that will work.

MSDIS Report – February 2024

Updated Data
St Louis 2020 Impervious Surfaces – Big shoutout to Arthur Crawford of ESRI for sharing this dataset with MSDIS. We are still waiting for a complete metadata write-up before rollout is “official” but this is an amazing addition to the clearinghouse catalog. According to Arthur, these footprints were collected from the 2020 St Louis imagery. It’s been a while since we last added a new local vector dataset to the distribution, so we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our city/county/regional GIS partners that this is a thing we’ve done in the past and are happy to discuss again for anyone interested in collaborating.

MSDIS General News
Not so much state news, but we were extremely happy to help host a small meeting of campus GIS professionals and graduate students in late February. Mizzou has an active GIS research community, and there are some genuinely incredible projects currently in-progress, but we rarely ever have an opportunity or a reason to sit down together at the same table. We didn’t solve any of life’s great GIS-based problems during our hour together, but we did begin identifying steps we can take to build a stronger geospatial community.
Several of you have already shared internship opportunities with your various agencies this summer (which we have passed on to our own students). If anyone else is looking for student help this summer, please do not hesitate to send us the details.
Finally, we are still looking for one or two 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
No downtime was reported in February 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.

Treasurer’s Report – No Change. $38,854.26. Expenses submitted for MAGIC sponsorship of $500. Web hosting renewed as well. Some reimbursement for the NSGIC mid-year meeting.

Membership Report – No change. 35 members. 18 quorum. 2 vacancies (Boone, Lee’s Summit). Renewals coming. Lee’s Summit will drop off if no replacement.

By-Laws Report – No changes proposed. Procedure question from Data Development regarding processes from MGISAC about data standards in addressing. No current standard on our website. We don’t have a set procedure for adopting standards or how committees conduct themselves. We can propose or encourage standards but we have no legal standing to our opinions. Could be something we could get into if the council is codified. 1.72m addresses we’ve currently collected in the MO database that Jason has put together. Standard address schema would be nice. Consensus is committee decides standards and council will review and comment. Best to add sunset to standards so it gets reviewed later and updated as needs change.

Committee Reports

Data Development – Talked Data Standards. Getting through southeast MO Lidar. Surdex is doing the collection soon. Imagery RFP deadline is today for the QL1 lidar for 11 counties.

911 – All flights are officially complete. QA/QC will start soon. Raw data coming at the end of the month. Viewer might be up around July. Will need volunteers to QA/QC. $2,957,562.68 for 6” statewide imagery. 911 Service Board approved 18 GIS grants. 18 grants for 19 counties in MO for the 911 grants. $1.1m for those counties. Press release will go out soon. No news on the aggregation portal. Still under award protest.

Legislative – Watching multiple bills. SB1039 passed to House. Most other bills we are watching hasn’t really moved. SB had been read twice in house so far.

Outreach – Still making website progress. Send further comments suggestions to Tim Bixler. Question about recording meetings. We need to see how big the file would be since we have to keep them for sunshine purposes. Will need to research and test.

Education – Education committee met twice. Tom presented in February. Dr Bob Coulter and Tara demonstrated Geo Coding in ArcOnline. Recordings are on the USGIF SLAWG Teams age. USGIF scholarships applications window is still open. UMSL Summer Camp in June. Students get $200 stipend. Several educator conferences and workshops April-July. NCGE conference in October. Next meeting April 9th. Student Story Map presentations.

Liaison Reports

MAGIC – Get registered and submit abstracts. MGISAC was asked to rank submittals for their awards. The rankings for the 3 awards are as follows:

GIS Service Award: 1 Jake Goldman and Tina Sikes 2 Tom Dyer 3 Candace Johnston
GIS Coordination Award: 1 Teresa Heifner 2 Tom Dyer 3 AIMS Team
GIS Innovation Award: 1 Fayetteville, AR 2 Joshua Jacomb

NSGIC – Katilin is our rep for the mid-year. There’s been some wetland interest. NSDI feedback was requested. Their web content is not user friendly and didn’t seem overly relevant to what we as a state have going on Can tell some layers have funding and some don’t.

Cooperating Agency Reports

USGS – Lidar kickoff call next week. Spring is coming fast but think they can still get through the canopy to retain QL1.

NRCS – They contributed in the Lidar project and are invited to kickoff meeting.

Census – There’s an address challenge for census currently.

Open Discussion
Wondering how people plan to deal with cloud services being down. Some hanging onto plotter to make hard copy maps if mobile is down.

Adjourned – 12:03pm

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