INTRODUCTION

This survey is sponsored by URISA’s GIS Management Institute (GMI).  The purpose of the survey is to analyze current GIS program and project management practices, in order to gain insights and assess current trends.

All respondents will be provided with a report summarizing the survey findings.  In the future, URISA and GMI will make more detailed data available for purchase.  In addition, Peter Croswell of Croswell-Shulte will access the data.  He will use some of the data to revise his GIS Management Handbook, available for purchase later this year, and 30 respondents will be selected at random to receive a free copy of the book.  No personally identifying information will be released, except as authorized by question 26 in the survey.

The appropriate respondents to this survey are GIS program and project managers in all types of organizations. Please feel free to encourage your GIS manager colleagues in other organizations to take the survey.  We appreciate your time for response to this survey.  The survey has 26 questions and should take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete. 

We request responses by May 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact GMI at GMIsurvey@urisa.org

Thank you for your participation.

GIS Management Institute


* Denotes required responses
A. IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

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* 1. Please provide a response to each of the identification and contact items below. Please double-check your email address (we will use email to provide you with a report of survey results).
NOTE: No respondent contact information will be provided to outside parties.

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* 2. GIS Program/Project Name and Website (enter "N/A" if not applicable).

B. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

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* 3. Type of Organization. Check all that apply.

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* 4. What is the organizational location of your organization's central GIS office (if applicable)? Select the single most accurate choice from those below.

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* 5. Provide any of the following information, as applicable, that characterize your organization's size and scope. Estimates are OK.

C. GIS PROGRAM/PROJECT MISSION, SCOPE, SIZE, AND TECHNICAL RESOURCES

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* 6. Summarize the mission or purpose of your GIS program or project. NOTE: If available, you may provide a Website link to the GIS mission statement. **No character number limit**

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* 7. Please characterize the size and nature of your GIS user community--number of users inside your organization (internal), in other organizations (external), or public users that you support.  Estimates are OK.

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* 8. Do you currently provide, or plan to provide in the near future, access to GIS applications or data for the general public (citizens, customers, businesses)?

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* 9. What is the organizational scope of your GIS program or project? Select the one choice that most closely characterizes your organization's GIS environment.

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* 10. GIS Architecture: Four general types of GIS architecture are defined below. Which of the four types most closely describes the GIS architecture for your organization? If your GIS fits more than one type, select multiple types.

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* 11. What GIS and automated mapping software is currently being used by your organization or is in the process of deployment? For each choice select one "level of use" (None, Very Low, Low, Moderate, High, Very High). The "level of use" selection is a subjective characterization of the number of users and frequency of use of the software. If there are plans for future deployment and use of the software (in about the next 3 years), check the "Future Use" box. Please select a choice for each software type.

  None Very Low Low Moderate High Very High Future Use
AutoDesk AutoCAD
AutoDesk MapGuide
Bentley MicroStation or other Bentley Product
Cadcorp SIS
Caliper Maptitude or TransCAD
Esri ArcGIS Desktop
Esri ArcGIS Server
Esri ArcGIS Online
Hexagon GeoMedia
Open Source GIS Software (identify in comment box below)
Oracle Spatial
Pitney Bowes MapInfo
SuperGeo SuperMap
Special application or extension SW from GIS vendor or 3rd party firm
Other (identify software in comment box below)

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* 12. What database management software is used to store and manage your GIS database? Check all that apply.

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* 13. GIS Database Content: Check the appropriate boxes below to identify the types data currently in your GIS database or being developed now ("Current" column) or planned for the futureabout the next 3 years ("Planned" column).  Select a minimum of two data types below. Leave blank any data types which do not apply to your GIS program.

  Current Planned
Addresses
Administrative Area Boundaries (e.g., service districts, zip code areas, etc.)
Biodiversity/Ecosystems
Cadastral/Parcels and Real Property
Climate/Weather
Cultural/Historical Resources
Demography
Elevation (including Lidar Points, Contours, DEMs)
Flood/Drainage Control Facilities
Flood Zones
Geodetic/Survey Control
Geology
Geomorphology/Landforms
Governmental Unit Boundaries
Imagery
Indoor/Inside Plant Facilities
Land Use/Zoning
Land Cover
Landmarks (points of interest, critical facilities, other named features or locations)
Natural Hazards
Permit/Inspection Locations
Planimetric Features (buildings, structures)
Public Safety Incidents
Recreation Sites/Facilities
Sensor Data (real-time data feeds: e.g. environmental, traffic)
Soils/Agriculture
Telecommunications Facilities (cell towers; telephone, data, cable networks)
Transportation: Aviation Facilities
Transportation: Streets/Highways
Transportation: Railroads
Transportation: Routes
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Data
Utilities: Electric or Gas Distribution
Utilities: Water Supply, Treatment, and Distribution
Utilities: Wastewater Collection and Treatment
Utilities: Water/Petroleum/Gas Pipelines
Utilities: Electric Generation and Transmission
Water Bodies-Inland
Water: Ocean and Coastline
Water: Subsurface/Aquifers
Wells (water, oil, gas)
Other (identify in comment box below)

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* 14. Nature of user access to GIS software and data.  For each choice select one "level of use" (None, Very Low, Low, Moderate, High, Very High). The "level of use" selection is a subjective characterization of the number of users and frequency of access to the GIS or products. Select a response for each of the access types below.

  No Users Very Low Low Moderate High Very High
Internal Web-based Access
External Web-based Access (external organization and/or public)
Desktop GIS
Mobile Apps or Services (access from mobile device)
Externally Hosted or Cloud-based GIS
Regular Use of GIS Products (e.g. maps) - Not direct access to software or Web service
Other (describe in comment box below)
D. GIS ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE

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* 15. Identify any formal mandates or administrative and legal instruments authorizing or enabling your GIS program or project or formalizing services or relationships with external organizations. Check all that apply.

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* 16. Identify any GIS governing, oversight, and coordination bodies in place or planned for implementation. Check all that apply.

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* 17. How would you characterize the level of centralization of GIS management and technical support in your organization? Use the slide bar below. "Highly Decentralized" means that there is no centralized GIS management and support staff in a central office--all GIS staff and technical services are distributed among multiple departments, divisions, and offices in the organization. "Highly Centralized" means all or most GIS management and support staff and services are organizationally located in a central GIS office. Slide the bar marker to a location between these extremes to provide a subjective indication of the level of centralization.

Highly Decentralized Highly Centralized
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 18. What type of funding sources and financing strategies does your organization use (or has used in the past) to support GIS development and operations? Check all that apply in the appropriate column: "Minor" means less than about 5%, "Moderate" means about 5% to 40%, and "Major" means greater than about 40%, of your total annual GIS budget.  Select a response for each of the funding types.  Estimates are OK.

  None/Not Applicable Minor Moderate Major
Annual General Fund allocation for GIS program or project
General Fund allocation from line items in other Departmental budgets
Allocation from Capital or Special Fund budget
Fixed allocation (through formal agreement) with user agencies
Bond (government or private sector bond for up-front funding)
User Fees (charge-back for users of GIS services or Web service subscriptions)
Funding from special program (e.g., NG911, environmental remediation)
Grants from external organizations
Allocation from permits or other transaction fee (e.g., portion of building permit fee, Recorder or Clerk fee, development impact fee)
External sale of GIS products or services
License fees (e.g., revenue from licensees of data)
Joint project contributions (from multiple organizations)
Donations or sponsorship fees from external organization
Web site advertising revenue
Sponsorships from private sector or non-profit organizations
Other funding source or method (explain in comment box below)

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* 19. Identify the types of formal GIS standards or policies that you have or are developing. Select a response for each of the standards/polices types below.

  None or Not Applicable Planned for Preparation Partially Prepared Near Completion Complete/Approved
Data content or quality Standards
Metadata Standards
Technical System Standards (HW, SW, Network, Security)
Map or GIS Product Presentation Standards
Outside Data/Product Distribution or Access
Professional Development Policies
Project Management Practices
Organizational Structure and Role Policies
GIS Product/Service Procurement Policies
Other (explain in comment box below)
E. GIS ADMINISTRATION

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* 20. How many GIS staff members are in your organization's central GIS office (if applicable) and organization as a whole--including GIS management, analysts, developers, database maintenance staff, trainers, technical support, administrative personnel, and others? Answer as number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) including employees and contract staff but do NOT include interns. Do NOT include users of GIS unless they also have a primary role in GIS technical support or development.  Estimates are OK.

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* 21. Please identify and provide comments about any innovative workplace and work time practices now in place for your GIS program or project or in the process of being implemented. Check all that apply.

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* 22. Identify any flexible approaches you use for staff resourcing for your GIS program or projects.  "Flexible" resourcing includes any employment or staffing method other than full-time employees. Check all that apply.

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* 23. Identify the sources and approaches for training and professional development that you use or provide for your GIS staff or users which are in place now or in the process of implementation. For each choice, select the single "level of use"--a subjective indication of current use, or of anticipated use for sources/approaches now in implementation. Select a choice for each of the rows below.

  Never Rarely Occasionally Often Very Often
Instructor-led classes by outside party
Instructor-led classes provided by your office
On-line Courses or Webinars (live)
On-line Courses or Webinars (recorded, self-paced)
Workshops
Conference Attendance
College/University Courses
Professional reading (print or online sources)
Support for Professional or Vendor Certifications
Mentorship for Junior Employees
Other (explain in comment box below)

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* 24. What methods, approaches, and tools do you use to provide help, get feedback, and provide support to users? Check all that apply.

F. CLOSING

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* 25. Please provide any additional comments or observations about your organization's GIS program or project management practices not covered by the questions above.

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* 26. URISA will be providing a summary of data from this survey in one or more publications. This will include summary tables derived from responses.  It may also include a list of respondent organizations and comments. Please indicate any restrictions you have on publishing data from your response. Check ALL that apply.

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