The Enterprise GIS Group was created in 2008 as a unit of "Converged Technologies for Security, Safety, and Resilience" which reports to the University CIO. Enterprise GIS facilitates access to central IT resources supporting storage and hosting of GIS data for academic and administrative uses within the university community. The group also provides training that lowers barriers to entry to the use of GIS tools, analysis processes, and other resources as the state-of-the-art in geospatial sciences continues to advance. Central support of GIS as a strategic component of the university’s technology infrastructure is intended to create efficiencies of scale and significant cost savings to university departments by leveraging the latest technologies in data hosting and storage as well as the expertise of the IT professionals in the IT organization who manage the university's computing and networking functions on a daily basis.
CTSSR and Enterprise GIS are charged with data steward and data expert* responsibilities for university geospatial data according to the Standard for Administrative Data Management and Virginia Tech Policy #7100. The Sr. Architect for Enterprise GIS is the data expert for university geospatial data that is maintained in the central database, as described below.
Enterprise GIS Subdomain
One form of data integration adds the value of location and permits evaluation of many spheres of data within the enterprise geographic information system. While data may originate from any data domain, the foundational structure of the enterprise GIS is formed from the core of physical infrastructure, and data administration begins with that oversight.
*Data Experts - Operational managers in a functional area with day-to-day responsibilities for managing business processes and establishing the business rules for the production transaction systems.
The group is comprised of the following positions:
In addition, the entire IT organization of the university serves as a resource for Enterprise GIS in providing backend services (systems administration, database management, 24/7 security, operations support and networking).
To facilitate economies of scale and lower barriers to the integration of Geospatial Information Systems into teaching, research, engagement and administrative operations by supporting the geospatial computing, storage and software needs of the university and its partners.
The Enterprise GIS Group will achieve measurable benefits through:
- Accelerated Research: through continuing implementation of state-of-the-art geospatial technologies and the provision of a highly accessible base map in a variety of formats
- Enrichment of Education: through the pervasive integration of seamless mapping and visualization tools into curricula
- Knowledge Transfer: through dissemination of research results, best practices, and rigorous analysis of geospatial data to university researchers and our partners in a visually comprehensive format
- Streamlined Processes: by reducing spatial data duplication and increasing efficient, timely access to current maps and data for internal administrative operations
- Enhanced Security: by creating innovative, replicable benefits for communities by utilization of the most current geospatial data, tools, and analysis available for public safety and security interests