Our goal is to promote the interaction and cooperation of all GIS professionals within the region. One of the ways we are accomplishing this goal is through bi-annual meetings of GIS professionals. These meetings are organized and sponsored by NCTCOG and allow other organizations, such as local governments, universities, private sector companies and software vendors a central meeting place to disseminate information.
Additionally, each year NCTCOG facilitates the purchase of high-quality aerial images, digital elevation contours and other derivative remote sensing products for North Central Texas. Due to the collaborative nature of these projects, the resulting product is available for purchase by our members at a much-reduced cost over each entity having to order it on their own. Data purchased collaboratively are made available for viewing and printing on www.dfwmaps.com.
As 911 Coordinators for the 13 of the 16 counties within our region, our job is to assist these counties and their municipalities in administering and developing their 911 GIS applications and to assist in creating highly accurate basemaps for those applications.
NCTCOG's GIS projects and our demographic research are also closely aligned. Some of the layers that support the research work include land use, features, and various boundary files. GIS plays a major role in allocating data for our demographic forecasts. Examples of our demographic research combined with GIS technology can be seen at www.dfwmaps.com.