GICC Standards and Best Practices

Current Standards Adopted by the NC GICC

As part of the Council’s work, standards are routinely crafted, discussed, and evaluated by the NC GIS community of federal, state, and local government members. Each standard is promoted to the wider community.

Best Practices

The Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC) and GIS Technical Advisory Committee (GIS TAC) are developing a series of documents that offer a set of recommended practices for developing and maintaining geospatial data. In some cases, the best practices document will serve as a companion to a standard that has been adopted or endorsed by the GICC. The documents do not endorse particular software solutions or commercial services. The examples used to illustrate the concepts may be based on commonly used software among state and local GIS operations in North Carolina.

The purpose of these documents is to promote consistency in geospatial representation and data content to support regional analysis and planning, and statewide data sharing. The guides provide a detailed resource for data development and management in support of a variety of business needs. In practice, data managers may not use all of the recommended fields or may be inclined to add fields for jurisdiction-specific content.

Preservation and Long Term Access to Geospatial Data