The National States Geographic Information Council

The National States Geographic Information Council

The National States Geographic Information Council, known as NSGIC, is an organization in the United States of America of the states, the District of Columbia, and the territories that works to improve the use and sharing of geospatial data and GIS tools.[1] The purpose of the organization is "to encourage effective and efficient government through the coordinated development of geographic information and technologies to ensure that information may be integrated at all levels of government."[2]



NSGIC members include state GIS coordinators and senior state GIS managers, representatives of federal agencies, local and county governments, the private sector, the academic sector, and other professional organizations. Among the NSGIC membership are experts, recognized nationally and internationally, in GIS, in IT policy, and in data creation and data management.


NSGIC works to foster the creation of "intelligent maps and databases that enable public and private decision makers to make better informed and timelier decisions in a wide array of governmental areas."[3]

Among the major focus areas of NSGIC are:

Meetings and Communication

NSGIC members gather in person twice each year; once in early spring for a Mid-Year Meeting and once in the early fall for an Annual Conference. Mid-Year meetings are held in Annapolis, Maryland and include meetings with federal leaders on Capitol Hill. NSGIC Annual Conferences have been held since 1991 and rotate among the states.

The NSGIC Board of Directors meets monthly by conference call. Several standing committees and special workgroups meet by conference call monthly, or as needed.

The membership is kept informed via a NSGIC e-mail list, a NSGIC web site, and a NSGIC Blog.


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