Does the place/position/location/address have or could it have an impact on the way that an activity is conducted? In other words, does the activity vary by place/position/location/address or do the characteristics of a place/position/location/address impact the activity?
If yes, then further questions should be asked to elicit more about how that activity varies spatially and what geospatial information and services may be relevant to the activity.
Does the activity require the use of or could it benefit from having a map/aerial photograph/satellite image?
Would a map/aerial photograph/satellite image be helpful in the conduct of the activity or increase the effectiveness of individuals or groups conducting the activity?
The Geospatial Business Language is comprised of five basic
types of terms:
Application : A computer program with a user interface or computer program component that employs geospatial data and technology; a geospatial business process or sub-process that is implemented as a software program or program component.
Data : A geospatial information class, type or property.
Function : A geoprocessing capability or user tool; a geospatial service component.
Process : A general series of business activities that employs geospatial data and technology.
Technology : An application of science that generates, displays, manages or otherwise processes geospatial data.
At any given time, various organizations will be in
different phases of integrating geospatial technologies,
services, and data into their business and mainstream IT
operations. The degree to which this incorporation has
occurred can be measured through an integration
Comprised of eight (8) measurement categories
assessed across six (6) levels of maturity (range 0-5)
Influenced by NSGIC Model for Coordination of Geographic
Information Technology, NASCIO EA Maturity Model, and OMB PART
GIMM Measurement Categories Coordination —The level of organized coordination, collaboration, and leadership. Governance, Management, & Planning —The degree to which plans and strategies for geospatial components exist. Policies & Compliance —The existence and use of compliance–based processes for assessing consistency of integration, adoption, and service implementation. Enterprise Integration —The degree to which the geospatial aspects of business data are planned for, integrated, leveraged, and used to guide investments and initiatives. Data Acquisition, Documentation, & Maintenance —The stage of implementation of geospatial data lifecycle processes. Data Access & Distribution —The degree to which an organization maintains and improves users ability to search for, discover, and access geospatial data. Standards & Best Practices —The degree to which an organization adopts and complies with geospatial technology and process standards. Training & Skills Development —The level at which the organization is aware, understands, and communicates the potential utility and application of geospatial technologies.
Level 0 - No geospatial coordination mechanisms; Geospatial IT activities pursued on a project-by-project basis.
Level 1 - Project-based coordination by independent groups with common geospatial IT and data needs; Vested leader emerges for project duration
Level 2 - Broad based coordination by organization with common geospatial IT and data needs; Volunteer coordinator leads organization to goal; No predictable pattern or frequency of coordination; dependent on availability of lead
Level 3 - Unofficial Single Department Coordination; Key individuals act as coordinators with management approval; Level of facilitation and coordination depend on tenure of key persons and organizational leadership
Level 4 - Official Coordination through a Geospatial Information Officer (GIO); Enterprise coordination to the extent granted by authorizing mandate
Level 5 - Official Coordination through a Geospatial Information Officer (GIO); System is in place to ensure that established policies, guidelines and standards are followed, reviewed, and updated
Work with the evolving Geospatial Profile document.
Inventory and assess state geospatial maturity
Aid in the development of geospatial enterprise architecture (GEA) performance metrics
Compile and leverage amongst the states the various documents resulting from the development of individual state architectures (standards, best management practices, technical solutions, data element descriptions, etc.)
Interact and provide a state perspective to federal and OGC EA developments
Develop briefing materials for GEA and Geospatial Profile documents and activities