10 Steps to NG9-1-1 Readiness in 2020

January 6, 2020

DATAMARK’s New Years’ resolution is to assist our community in maintaining the most accurate Public Safety GIS data possible. To facilitate this, we have constructed a list of 10 things you can do to improve your GIS data in 2020.

Let’s have a happy and safe New Year!

1. Start the Conversation with Stakeholders – 911 authorities, addressing authorities and GIS data providers speak different languages. Education is key!

2. Schedule A Meeting – Get the ball rolling with introductions and discussion of requirements with local and regional stakeholders

3. Educate Yourself and your stakeholders – Engage the disparate groups in webinars, workshops and, in the least, share best practice and standards documents.

4. Make a Plan – Keep it simple. what are the big steps on the path…give guidance (show purposeful order)

5. Assess Current State of GIS Data – This will help determine level of effort, reveal data anomalies, may include gather 9-1-1 (MSAG and ALI) and GIS datasets, helps make recommendations to decision makers.

6. Ask for resources – GIS data is being asked to do things it’s never needed to do before. It will require additional resources. Potentially staff, project funding, software/hardware, consulting and more.

7. Acquire Data Where You Don’t Have It – There are lots of data sources you may not think of…existing local, county, state or federal data to use as a starting point. Whenever possible use authoritative sources. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

8. Consider Data Quality – Availability, completeness, accuracy, timeliness, consistency.

9. Work Toward Agreements and Workflows – This will help mitigate risk.

10. Rinse, Wash, Repeat – Maintain, validate… It’s a lifetime, iterative process.

By: Stephanie McCowat

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