Michigan Geographic Framework Network

Contact: Rob Surber 517-373-7910

Numerous organizations spend billions of dollars producing and using geographic data each year.   Yet, they often still do not have the information they need to solve critical problems due to lack of consistent data standards, funds, or jurisdictional control.   Often the same information is mapped again and again because little or no coordination exists between organizations.   The Michigan Geographic Framework (MGF) program is designed to solve this data and communication problem by creating and maintaining a single “official” state base map for state business needs.   The map contains all of the themes most commonly used in applications including transportation, hydrography, government boundaries, public land survey sections and geodetic control.   The MGF program also contains geographic data of elevation/bathymetry and orthoimagery.


The Michigan Geographic Framework Network (MGFN) is a natural extension of the MGF program.  Once the data is created it must be managed, maintained, promoted and used in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  Therefore, the MGFN is an initiative administered by the state ensuring that


1) an “up-to-date” and seamless statewide digital map base always exists to support ongoing state geographic information business needs

2) the Geographic IT community plays an active role in its ongoing development and promotion,

3) users of this data are empowered to more effectively apply the information to critical business needs


More specific highlights of the network include:


·         Represents a formal relationship between the state and outside agencies that involves data maintenance, education/coordination or software/application development.

·         The network focuses on formally maintaining an up-to-date and relevant centralized geographic base map that references state, local and federal business data.

·         The network strives to align the geographic data standards and update mechanisms with existing state/federal/local business processes (Road Certification, Governmental Boundary Certification, Census, etc..)

·         The partnerships are not a “one-size-fits-all” approach.  Many different relationships exist based on each agency’s business needs related to the state



General Benefits of being a part of the network:


·         Influence the state Michigan Geographic Framework program

·         State sponsored Geographic Information Network Workshops and training

·         Shared data development responsibility saves time and money

·         Faster application development due to reduced time for data development

·         Cross-jurisdictional analysis is made easier due to the statewide integrated product

·         Cross-governmental partnerships make good political sense in dealing with common business problems.

·         A common framework with common referencing positions the state to handle unknown IT challenges.



Potential Types of Partnerships:


I. Data Development and Maintenance –  

·         Primary Data Custodian – Final and official source for data

·         By Geographic Area

·         By Theme and/or attribute

·         Secondary Data Custodian – Other sources of data where primary custodians don’t exist.

·         By Geographic Area

·         By Theme and/or attribute



Examples partnerships:  Wayne County, Ottawa County


II. Education and Coordination – These partners provide leadership in the promotion and education associated with the Michigan Geographic Framework Network.


III. Software and Application – These partners provide GIS and mapping software applications and tools that allow users access to framework data and provide a communication/feedback mechanism for updates to the framework base map. 


Example partnerships:  Michigan State University Center for Remote Sensing and GIS, “Mapimage Viewer” , Michigan Technological University, Local Technical Assistant Program, “Roadsoft”



For more information, please contact Rob Surber , CGI at 517-373-7910.