In the fall of 2018, the committee finalized the IL NG9-1-1 Data Standards and IL NG9-1-1 Governance Policy documents. In conjunction with the documents, there was a series of regional presentations across the state that provided information on the NG9-1-1 project as a whole, the role of GIS, and the documents that were created for the project. The presentation and the documents can all be accessed at the Illinois Statewide Administrator’s Project Website.
Towards the end of the 2018 calendar year, the committee released two additional resources. The first was an NG9-1-1 Readiness Checklist. The document provides data stewards with the process preparation, data creation, data validation, and delivery methodology. The document provided links to resources for specific tasks, as well as, contact resources per region for those that have questions or concerns. It is important to note that this is a living document and as the project progresses, more resources and processes will be added to provide data stewards an accurate path to success.
The second resource released by the committee was the IL NG9-1-1 Geodatabase Template. Inside this compressed folder you will find two different geodatabases, one with and one without the topology rules. Topology, while not available on all licensing levels, is a vital component to ensure the accuracy of call routing in an NG9-1-1 system. Each Geodatabase has feature datasets for the Required, Strongly Recommended, and Recommended project feature classes and alias tables. The geodatabase is preset with domains and values. Those domain values can be viewed in spreadsheets that are supplied alongside geodatabases in the compressed folder. An XML database schema is also provided if you wish to generate your own geodatabase and import the schema. Both of these resources can also be found on the Illinois Statewide Administrator’s Project Website.
In 2019, the committee has continued to work on the project. There have been a series of regional meetings to discuss the project with local data stewards and data maintainers across the state. These meetings have provided positive feedback to the committee and helped re-shape policy and data standards for the project. The committee has also set up a temporary data storage system and has begun the process of aggregating data for the project. This aggregation of Public Service Access Point (PSAP) boundaries provided our first look at the statewide data coverage as it stands today. As the project progresses, it will grow into a fully functional statewide GIS.
Later this year training will begin for data stewards and data maintainers across the State. The training will aim to familiarize everyone with the process and the data needed for the projects success. ILGISA is thankful for this opportunity and proud of how it’s helping the State and our industry move into the future through GIS. A statewide GIS initiative of this magnitude is very exciting for Illinois and we are hopeful that the project will lay the groundwork for many other GIS focused collaborations at a state level.
Edited by Thomas O'Malley
Outreach Committee Chair