Wisconsin Geospatial News

Wisconsinites nominated for national GIS committee

As a follow-up to our May 16, 2007 article regarding the formation of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), we have learned that at least four individuals from Wisconsin have been nominated to serve on the committee. The four are:

  • Tony Bellovary, GIS Coordinator, Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, Green Bay
  • Don Dittmar, Land Information Systems Manager, Waukesha County
  • Fred Halfen, Vice President of the Photogrammetry Division, Ayres Associates, Madison
  • Ted Koch, State Cartographer, Madison

NGAC is being created to advise the federal government on the management of national geospatial programs and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The Committee will provide advice and recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues, and will provide a forum to convey views representative of stakeholders in the geospatial community. The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the Federal Geographic Data Committee, is forming the committee.

The NGAC will include approximately 20-25 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various partners involved in national geospatial activities. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint Committee members and their alternates to the Committee to serve 2-year terms. At this time, it is not known when appointments to NGAC will be announced, or how many nominations were received from around the nation.