Saturday, June 30, 2007


At 10:35:20 p.m. today, Senate Bill 89 passed in the Delaware House of Representatives. It now goes to Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner for (I hope) her signature.

I have been working over the last two years to get this legislation, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO GEOSPATIAL DATA, enacted. It formalizes the Delaware Geographic Data Committee, the community of geospatial data users I have worked with for many years. It adds a high-level Executive Committee and sets out some serious goals and objectives.

This brings Delaware closer to the standard for state GIS Coordination set in the NSGIC Fifty States Initiative. It will mean more work for me, but it is work I welcome.


Nancy Willing said...

Congrats Mike!

Shirley Vandever said...

As a fellow Geek, congratulations on all of your hard work to get this passed.

Matt M. #29 said...


The Bill's preamble starts with: "Geospatial data and information refer to Information that identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the earth."

How come we don't call it cartography anymore?

I guess "Geospatial" makes it sexy and new. I doubt Gov. Minner and the legislature would have been quick to act on legislation creating a "Delaware Map Committee".

My profession is moving in this direction as well. Most of us over 30 still call ourselves Law Librarians. But we work in "Legal Information Resource Departments" or "Research Services".

What's next? Will the dog catcher report to a director of "Canine Control and Containment"?

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