Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership
Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership




The Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership is excited to announce being featured as a "Success Story" on page 25 of the 2012 Federal Geographic Data Committee's Annual Report.

Building Partnerships in Underserved Communities of Appalachian Ohio

Challenge: Southeastern Ohio has been widely regarded as an area that is behind in technology adoption and capacity. This underserved portion of the State created a barrier to a statewide cadastral fabric but also presented an opportunity to create a model for standards adoption, cadastral development, and data sharing from the ground up.

At the 2010 Ohio Statewide GIS Conference several attendees gathered to discuss the need for the development and promotion of standards for the GIS community within the State of Ohio. During these discussions, attendees realized that the underrepresented Appalachian region of Ohio presented an opportunity to educate a community and adopt standards from inception. Conference attendees decided that for the State of Ohio to have a truly statewide GIS data standard, all areas and counties of the State needed to be served and represented, especially Appalachian Ohio.

Action: The southeastern Ohio participants convened a meeting to explore the idea of a unified voice and the potential to implement existing GIS standards from the ground up. In December 2010, participants representing counties, regional and State agencies, and the private sector gathered for the first meeting of what would become the Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership (AOGDP).

Result: In May 2012 the AOGDP completed an NSDI CAP project ( G11AC20061) that focused on incorporating the NSDI Cadastral Standards for the development of cadastral data layers in three adjacent townships in three Ohio Appalachian counties, crossing jurisdictional and spatial data software lines. Just as important, the project also included the creation of outreach programs promoting the incorporation, use, and benefits of standardized cadastral data, with strategies for financing, implementation, and maintenance of the newly developed data. The most beneficial outcome of the project is the creation of an avenue for sharing data vertically among Federal, State, regional, and local levels of government, and horizontally with the private sector, non-profit organizations, and academia.

To download and read the full report click here. (3MB PDF)

Malcolm Meyer