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MSS First Seminar of the Year - Recap

Thursday, January 31, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Khea Adams
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MSS Members Hear How “iMAP” Provides Free, Publicly Available GIS Data


Maryland has a robust program to provide quality GIS services through collective investment and effective application of data and systems with a goal to reach beyond government by making data freely and publicly available in consideration of privacy and security, Julia Fischer, Geospatial Information Officer at the Maryland Department of Information Technology reported to MSS members at a January 15 General Membership Meeting of MSS in Annapolis.


The platform for this program is “iMAP”, (, a web-based archive and server of data, infrastructure, applications, interoperability, integration, contracts, and training.  Included is statewide aerial imager and LiDAR, as well as property data and geographic names.


Due to the Federal government shutdown, Roger Barlow of USGS was not able to attend and speak.  Through the efforts of MSS lobbyist Bill Kress, members were treated to an overview of the General Assembly session from Delegate Ned Carey (D-31A-Ann Arundel).  A member of the Economic Matters Committee which hears most surveying-related legislation in the General Assembly, Delegate Carey discussed expected legislation his approach to politics, and the important role surveyors play in the economy of Maryland.


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