The Iowa GIS Service Bureau has been assisting IGIC (Iowa Geographic Information Council) with a grant it received from the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) last fall. The grant was awarded to help IGIC write a business plan for creating statewide parcels, address points, and aerial imagery.
The suggested uses of a final product varied from emergency management to public recreation planning and research opportunities to economic development. Losing control of the data and timeliness of the information were two of the main concerns. Though even with after raising concerns, there were many messages of support and hopes for success. The policies of sharing data differ, but only 13% say they only charge for their data no matter who requests it.
The results were promising and we hope to write a quality plan for statewide collaboration.