Front row (from left): Amy Whitehead, Dr. Cody Decker, Sharon Hawkins-Chair, Darin Mitchell, Matthew Charton- Vice-Chair, Honorable Beth Rush
Back row: Russell Gibson, Scott Lane, Terry Cleaver, PS, Jonathan Askins, Doug Melton
Not Pictured: Scott Foster, PS, Honorable Rusty McMillon
More information about the GIS Board can be found on our Board Member page.
About the Board
The State Land Information Board was originally created in 1997 by Arkansas Code 15-21-501, and was later renamed the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Board. The thirteen members of the GIS Board represent local government, state government, higher education, and the private sector, with three members appointed from each of the four sectors, as well as the State Chief Technology Officer.
The Arkansas GIS Board oversees the work of the Arkansas GIS Office and, in conjunction with the Arkansas Land Survey Advisory Board, the Division of Land Surveys. The Board’s history traces back to 1997 when the legislature recognized the need for State agencies, cities and counties to work together to coordinate the development of a statewide system of automated geographic information. A main concern at that time was to avoid costly duplication of effort by ensuring that disparate agencies did not create the same data. Since those beginnings the Board has overseen the development of a statewide GIS that includes a warehouse of geographic information system data coordinated across the state. Major data sets include roads, address locations, municipal boundaries, tax parcels, and statewide digital orthoimagery.
In 2015 the legislature merged the Arkansas Land Survey Division with the GIS Office and now the two entities work together strengthening the accuracy and quality of statewide survey and map information. The Land Survey Division oversees the archive of public land survey system corners and plats. This includes contracting with Professional Surveyors around the state to restore and remonument original survey corners from the Louisiana Purchase. Board members must have specific knowledge in the surveying and mapping disciplines. The Board recommends statewide strategies for surveying and mapping activities as well as program funding for various projects to enhance the quality of the state’s data.
Since 1993, various legislation has been enacted to promote GIS coordination in Arkansas. A lineage of legislation directly impacting GIS in the state can be found our GIS Legislation page.
Policy & Standards
A.C.A. 15-21-504 empowers the GIS Board to “define technical specifications and standards to use in the collection, distribution, and reporting of spatial information as required by the State of Arkansas Enterprise Architecture.” To that end, the Board has adopted the following data standards and policies:
- March 3rd
- June 2nd