California New GIS Policy

The state of California is looking to get more from its geodata with a new state policy.

OCIO [ Office of Chief Information Officer] “announced last week an initiative to boost its geospatial capabilities by mandating that, where an address exists, latitude and longitude coordinates are to be included as geographic data so they can be compared and analyzed to develop new information sources for state programs. According to the new policy, all executive branch agencies are now required to geocode databases or applications related to providing social services, law enforcement, economic development, tax collection and emergency response.”

Christy Quinlan, Acting State Chief Information Officer, sees the value in the new policy: “The state has a tremendous amount of data that can be leveraged to improve our understanding of what is happening in cities and neighborhoods throughout California.”

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CivicSource Online,

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern


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