GICC Committees and Working Groups

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Active Committees

  • Federal Interagency Committee (FIC) – Members include representatives from all interested federal agencies with an office located in North Carolina and from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
  • GIS Technical Advisory Committee (GIS TAC) – This committee reviews and recommends specifications related to hardware, software and database standards and practices as well as approaches or guidelines for developing, installing, and managing GIS technology.
  • Local Government Committee (LGC) – Members are from organizations and professional associations that serve or represent local government.
  • Management and Operations Committee (M&O) – The Chair of the GICC heads this subcommittee, which includes the State Budget Officer, the chair of each of the standing GICC subcommittees, and other members appointed by the Chair. The Committee provides advice and support to the GICC on organizational and programmatic matters concerning policy, management, and operations of geographic information, geographic information systems (GIS) and related technology.
  • State Government GIS Users Committee (SGUC) – Membership is open to all interested State government employees. Members of the Executive Committee are appointed by department officials who serve ex officio on the GICC. SGUC participates in negotiations led by the Department of Information Technology for enterprise license agreements for GIS software.
  • Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC) – This committee works to develop and update data content standards, consolidate statewide mapping requirements, seek support for financing cooperative programs, oversee creation and maintenance of Council priority geospatial data, and advise the GICC on problems and opportunities relating to geospatial data programs.

Active Working Groups and ad hoc Committees

Working groups are appointed by committee chairs to focus on specific issues and report to that committee. Ad hoc committees are established by the GICC Chair as needed.

  • 2022 Reference Frame Working Group - This working group reports to the Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC), which operates under the authority of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC). The purpose of this committee is to evaluate the impacts of replacing NAD83 and NAVD88 with geometric and geopotential (4D1) reference frames on governments and the surveying and mapping industry. They are also responsible for recommending practical solutions for implementation of the 2022 Reference Frame.
  • Metadata Committee (SMAC) – This committee recommends ways to expand and improve geospatial metadata in North Carolina that are both efficient for the data producer and beneficial for data users in discovery and application of geospatial data.
  • NC Board on Geographic Names (SMAC) – The North Carolina Board on Geographic Names (NC BGN) and the United States Board on Geographic Names (US BGN) work together to develop official names for use in federal products and for adoption by other non-federal organizations for use in mapping projects and databases.
  • Stream Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC) – This committee works to implement a coordinated approach to mapping surface waters and watersheds across North Carolina. The Chair is Cam McNutt, Division of Water Resources, Department of Environmental Quality (919-807-6422). Joe Sewash, CGIA, is the lead facilitator (919-754-6590).
  • Working Group for Census Geospatial Data (M&O) – This working group was established by the Management and Operations Committee in 2013 to ensure that collaborative efforts to develop statewide datasets in North Carolina accommodate timely data sharing with the U.S. Census Bureau. The goal, where possible, is to provide consolidated statewide datasets derived from the best available data that are complete, consistent, current, well documented, reliable, and trustworthy. See the Working Group for Census Geospatial Data Charter for more information.The Chair is Bob Coats, Governor’s Census Liaison, Office of State Budget and Management (919-807-4781). CGIA staff support is provided by Joe Sewash (919-754-6590).
  • Working Group for Orthophotography Planning (SMAC) – This working group is responsible for developing plans and seeking sources of funding to assist and advise state and local governments in acquisition of high resolution digital orthoimagery for North Carolina.
  • Working Group for Roads and Transportation (SMAC) – This working group exists to facilitate the sharing of roads data between regional planning organizations, local governments, state agencies, and the public. The Working Group’s goal is to put together a roads framework based on content standards and facilitate maintenance of the data through automated processes. The Chair is Chris Tilley (919-707-2156). CGIA staff support is provided by David Giordano (919-754-6585).
  • Working Group for Professional Land Surveying and GIS - This working group is a special committee of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) and operates under the authority of the Council. The purpose of the Working Group is to work with NCBELS to define GIS in North Carolina, define the scope of engineering and surveying services in relation to GIS, articulate how GIS is practiced by GIS professionals, review the legislation to clarify the language and if needed, make recommendations on how to enable GIS practices through agencies and Boards that are stakeholders, including potential modifications to legislation and rules governing professional land surveying and GIS. The Working Group will communicate results of its work to the broader GIS community.
  • Working Group for Seamless Parcels (SMAC) – This Working Group has developed, with support from CGIA, and oversees a statewide parcel dataset. The NC Parcels Project was funded by an Exchange Network grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The NC Parcel Transformer translates "as is" county parcel boundaries and tax information into standard, integrated datasets shared with EPA and the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal. The Working Group is co-chaired by John Bridgers in the Secretary of State’s Land Records Management Program and Pam Carver of Henderson County, a member of the North Carolina Property Mappers Association. Staff support is provided by Jeff Brown (919-754-6584). See all committee members.

Deactivated Working Groups and Committees

The following working groups and committees have completed their tasks and issued reports:

Archival and Long Term Access ad hoc Committee

The Archival and Long Term Access ad hoc Committee was established by the Council in 2007 as an outcome of “Ten Recommendations in Support of Geospatial Data Sharing” adopted by the Council that stated that “data producers should evaluate and publish their long term access, retention, and archival strategies for historic data.” The committee framed the issue and its Final Report was accepted by the Council. Related achievements include the NC OneMap Retention Schedule and two Library of Congress grants for geospatial archiving projects. The multi-state GeoMAPP project (2008-2011) delivered three products:

Advances in geospatial data archiving have been built on collaboration between the Council, CGIA, and State Archives of North Carolina. Access to archived data is available through NC’s Digital Collections.

Local/State/Regional/Federal Data Sharing ad hoc Committee

The ad hoc committee developed 10 recommendations for data sharing, adopted by the Council in 2007, stated in a summary and a final report.

Public Private Partnership ad hoc Committee

The Public/Private Partnership Working Group was established in 2006 to identify the mutual benefits and possible structures for creating public and private partnerships to advance the vision of NC OneMap as a contiguous, current and available digital map for North Carolina. The Council endorsed the committee’s final report in 2008.

Surveyors' Model Law Working Group

The Surveyors’ Model Law Working Group was formed to address several provisions in North Carolina law (G.S. 89C) pertaining to land surveying and GIS representation of government geographic data. The Working Group collaborated with the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors (NCBELS).

In response to a request by NCBELS and the GICC, the NC Department of Justice issued an advisory letter in 2010 that the collection of GIS data by an employee of the State of North Carolina, any political subdivision of the State or a municipality while engaged in that activity in the course of their employment does not constitute surveying without a license. In a second advisory letter, the Department of Justice stated that this conclusion also applies to regional councils of governments, so long as those entities are authorized by resolution of their member governments. Therefore, the collection of GIS data by local governments does not violate Chapter 89C of the General Statutes since local governments are exempt via the government exemption.

Related Documents

For information on inactive working groups and committees, contact Tim Johnson (919-754-6588).

Staff support to committees and working groups is provided by CGIA (919-754-6584).