Policy on Committee Organization and Leadership

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Approved by GISCC, April 21, 1999


  1. Members serve for indefinite terms at the pleasure of the entity they represent. All members are eligible to serve as Chair or in any other leadership position.
  2. The GISCC will make all decisions by consensus in order to encourage the full cooperation of all participants.
  3. The Clearinghouse Manager will serve as Secretary to the GISCC and its Subcommittees, will implement plans of the Committee, and will assist the Chair and other leaders with their business needs.
  4. In order to share leadership responsibilities, each member of the GISCC will serve on one of three standing subcommittees—Strategic Plans and Policy, Education & Outreach, or Framework Management. (These might be redefined by the pending Business Plan.)
  5. The leadership positions include Chair; Vice Chair, who would also chair the Strategic Plans & Policy Subcommittee; and two other Chairs of standing subcommittees on Education & Outreach and Framework Management.
  6. The Chair and Vice Chair positions would be elected by the membership annually with terms running from July 1 to June 30. It is the intent that the Chair would revolve every year with the Vice Chair elected as the Chair Elect.
  7. The Chair will appoint the Chairs of Standing Subcommittees and other ad hoc committees or task forces established during his term of office.
  8. Sub-committees' membership may include representation from outside of the GISCC member organizations.

Leadership roles include:

GISCC Chair—The roles of the Chair will include convening the GISCC and chairing meetings; recruiting and involving members; building consensus; managing issues; providing vision; and representing Georgia GIS nationally, as well as within the State. The Chair will also hold ex officio membership in all subcommittees and will represent the GISCC at ITPC meetings.

GISCC Vice Chair—The Vice Chair will substitute for Chair; will serve as Chair Elect; and will chair the Strategic Plans and Policy Subcommittee. This subcommittee will oversee the update and extension of the GISCC strategic plan and business plan, develop the GISCC and Clearinghouse budgets and financing plans, and formulate policies to guide operations of the GISCC and implementation of the Georgia Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Chair, Education and Outreach Subcommittee—The scope of this subcommittee will include statewide outreach and public involvement; outreach and liaison with the regional FGDC and with neighboring states; marketing the mission and accomplishments of the GISCC; and educating public officials on the value and potential of GIS.

Chair, Framework Management Subcommittee—This subcommittee will oversee the operations of the Clearinghouse and the work of the technical working groups (TWGs) and will channel important related issues to the full GISCC. Framework scope includes data development, maintenance, and integration (base map content and standards); data access (Clearinghouse); data management (custodial relationships, metadata and warehousing); and resource management (funding). (This subcommittee will replace the oversight and coordination roles currently handled by the Data Development Technical Working Group). The GISCC will formally establish framework TWGs and will appoint a core membership for each, made up of one or two representatives from each participating organization and from other key stakeholders. Meetings will be publicly announced and open to participation by any one interested. Currently TWGs cover framework themes, including transportation, boundaries, hydrography, imagery, and wetlands and landuse/cover. Each TWG would elect a chair who would report directly to the Framework Management subcommittee of the GISCC.

Once the Business Plan is complete, the GISCC will meet as a whole once every two or three months in order for subcommittees to conduct their business during the intervening months.