CGIA plays a major role of coordination and collaboration with respect to California's GIS Council and Regional Collaboratives. CGIA Board members have direct contact with regional collaboratives based on the area where each Board member lives or works.
CA GIS Council
The California GIS Council (CGC) was formed to collaborate on the planning, implementation and maintenance of a California GIS infrastructure. The CGC current membership has representatives from local, tribal, state and federal government agencies and the private sector.
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) provides seed money to regional consortia through the Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP).
CGIA has received CAP grants during the past several years to implement projects that support the vision of developing a national spatial data infrastructure. The Federal Geographic Data Committee is a 19-member interagency committee composed of representatives from the Executive Office of the President, Cabinet-level, and independent agencies. The FGDC is developing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in cooperation with organizations from State, local and tribal governments, the academic community, and the private sector. The NSDI encompasses policies, standards, and procedures for organizations to cooperatively produce and share geographic data.
NSGIC is an organization committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies. Absent an official State Geospatial Information Officer, the Director of CERES is California's representative on NSGIC.
CGIA participates in the annual NSGIC conferences to keep the California GIS community informed about what people in others states are doing and to convey California's voice in the formulation of national GIS initiatives.
Coordination with the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
CERES has a long-standing partnership with the USGS and supports such federal initiatives as the National Map, theGeospatial One-Stop portal, and other related work. Examples of this include USGS having funded a position at CERES to coordinate GIS activities and initiatives throughout California.
CERES and USGS continue to work together pooling funds and staff to coordinate the effective use of GIS at the local, state and federal levels.