Hawaii Statewide GIS Program

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About the Statewide GIS Program:

The Office of Planning GIS Program leads a multi-agency effort to establish, promote, and coordinate the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology among Hawaii State Government agencies. The State Office of Planning is responsible for the planning and coordination of activities that are critical to the State’s enterprise GIS. The primary goal of the Statewide GIS Program is to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness in government decision-making.

Purpose:

To plan, coordinate and maintain a comprehensive, shared statewide planning and geographic information system and associated geospatial database.

Overview:

The Hawaii Statewide Planning and Geographic Information System Program is authorized under Chapter 225M-2(b)(4)(B), Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), as amended. The program leads a multi-agency effort to establish and promote the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology in Hawaii State Government.

As directed in Chapter 225M-2(b)(4)(B), HRS, the Office of Planning (OP) within the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is responsible for planning and coordinating the multi-agency Statewide GIS Program. The state Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) has partnered with the Office of Planning in this effort and is the agency responsible for computer system and networking planning, consultation and support. OIMT contracts with the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) to operate the infrastructure supporting the Statewide GIS.

One of the primary goals of the State GIS Program is to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness in government decision-making. In support of this goal, participating State agencies are developing, maintaining and sharing their respective databases and applications. The centralized database enables agencies to share information while reducing the development of redundant databases, helps standardize the information being analyzed by decision makers and serves as a means for collecting and distributing the best available databases.