Title 10: Conservation and Development
Chapter 8: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
10 V.S.A. § 123. Powers and duties
§ 123. Powers and duties
(a) The center shall have all the general powers conferred by 11B V.S.A. § 3.02 [chapter 19 of Title 11] and all amendments thereto, and all other powers necessary, desirable, or incidental fully to effectuate its corporate purposes except where otherwise limited by statute.
(b) The purposes of the center shall be to:
(1) Assure that all VGIS data are of high quality and are compatible with, useful to, and shared with other public-sector and private-sector data users.
(2) Encourage the same high standards of quality and compatibility in other Vermont GIS cooperators.
(3) Promote the efficient development and use of geographic information by agencies of the state, its political subdivisions, Vermont businesses and citizens.
(4) Facilitate the growth of commercial services within Vermont for the provision of spatial data, products, and services.
(c) Within the limits of available resources, the center shall operate a program of standards development, data dissemination, and quality assurance, and shall perform the following duties:
(1) Provide or ensure provision of geographic information products and services to Vermont citizens, to local and regional planning organizations, to state government, to the federal government, and to private businesses and industries.
(2) Develop procedures for access to the VGIS. Those procedures shall ensure that VGIS data are readily available for the purposes of chapter 117 of Title 24, as well as for the support of efficient and economical geographic analysis and decision making by government, business, and citizens of Vermont, at a reasonable cost and in reasonable forms.
(3) Develop, publish, maintain and implement such VGIS standards as are necessary to assure that data are compatible with, useful to, and shared with all users of VGIS data, including geographic data standards relating to scale, accuracy, coding, documentation, data format and physical media.
(4) In developing relevant policies, procedures, and standards, seek the consultation of institutions of higher learning, local government, local and regional planning, private business and industry and other members of the public with an interest in or knowledge of GIS technology.
(5) For all geographic data that are or may be useful to the center's users, and that have been collected by any part of state government or generated with state support, ensure that such data:
(A) Are developed and maintained so as to conform to VGIS standards.
(B) Upon request of a potential user, are actually made available to the user in a usable format in accordance with 1 V.S.A. § 315 relating to access to public records and related statutes.
(C) Are stored and distributed in a manner which will limit the disclosure of data containing individual identifiers to disclosure consented to by the individuals in the data.
(6) Assist in assessing VGIS financial needs and resources for cooperating state agencies, evaluating the adequacy of those financial resources to meet the goals of the three-year VGIS work plan, and developing alternate sources of revenue for VGIS data acquisition.
(7) Enter into memoranda of understanding, form contracts and enter cooperative agreements for the development, acquisition, maintenance, distribution and marketing of GIS data.
(8) Include in any contract for electronic products and services provisions that:
(A) Protect the security and integrity of VGIS information and of information systems that are shared by public agencies.
(B) Indemnify or limit the liability, if any, of the state of Vermont.
(9) Notify the state librarian of the electronic services and products offered to the public. The notification must include a summary of the available format options and the cost of such products and services.
(10) Retain archive copies and act as a distributor for any state agency, as well as for other public and private entities, which prepares GIS data or electronic products which are compatible with, useful to, and shared with VGIS.
(11) Assist the secretary of the agencies of administration, transportation, natural resources, human services, and commerce and community development, and the commissioner or director of state departments and offices not within these agencies in the identification of information gathered within the respective agency, department or office which is relevant to Vermont's GIS. Working in cooperation with each organization that identifies such information, the center shall include components within the three-year VGIS work plan. Such cooperation may include:
(A) Formulation of a "memorandum of understanding" between the organization and the center, setting out roles and the relationship between the parties.
(B) Periodic meetings to identify opportunities for improvement of VGIS information and applications gathered or used by the organization.
(C) Identification of funding strategies, technical procedures, data conversion plans, and application development projects in which the center can be of assistance to the organization.
(d) The center may provide specialized information or perform specialized services if these activities:
(1) Contribute to achieving the purposes of the center as stated in subsection (b) of this section;
(2) Are pursued in partnership with the private sector; and
(3) Are performed without cost to the taxpayer and all direct and indirect costs of obtaining these products and services are incurred by the customer or others.
(e) The center shall be subject to the provisions of 1 V.S.A. §§ 312-314 with respect to the right of the public to receive notice of and attend meetings, 1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320 with respect to the access of the public to its records and documents, and 1 V.S.A. § 172 regarding joint authority of the board. (Added 1993, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. June 17, 1994; amended 1995, No. 190 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 1996.)