ment (BLM), Census Bureau, Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). The second meeting was a Land Parcel Data Summit held on May 23, 2006, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The summit consisted of structured presentations from 15 invited speakers who made formal responses to a set of questions and then participated in a question-and-answer session. The agenda and list of speakers are included in Appendix C. The speakers came from federal government agencies that had not been covered by the first meeting, the private sector, and professional organizations that represent a variety of parcel data producers and users. The summit provided an excellent opportunity to ascertain a current perspective on the need for and benefits of a national perspective on land parcel data. It also provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and interests among different user groups.

The second method of gathering information was a web-based forum of stakeholders to assess their views regarding the needs and benefits of nationally integrated land parcel data. Participants in the online forum consisted of a wide range of stakeholders and professionals from the field who decided to participate and provide feedback on this topic. Table 3.1 shows the range of professions among the respondents. Box 3.2 lists the questions asked of the stakeholders.

The input from the approximately 400 respondents provided an extremely beneficial synopsis of the perceived need for a national vision for land parcel data. Although many users were skeptical about how such a system would operate, there was a fairly consistent message that there would be substantial benefits, that this was a necessary function of intergovernmental cooperation, and that it is the right time to move ahead with system design and implementation. While the needs and benefits

TABLE 3.1 Representative Job Titles from Web-Based Stakeholder Forum

Addressing Coordinator

GIS Department Manager


GIS Land Records Supervisor

Appraiser II

GIS Specialist—Property Tax

Assessor GIS

State Coordinator

Assistant Assessor Real Estate

Health Officer GIS

Assistant Director of Community Development

Information Systems Director

Assistant Planning Director

IT Director


Land Information Officer

Biological Scientist

Land Records Manager

Cadastral Industry Manager

Landscape Modeler Hydrologist

Cadastral Planner

Management Information System, GIS Director

Cadastral Surveyor

Mapping Supervisor


Planner-GIS Coordinator

Chief County Assessment Officer

Program Manager

Chief Technical Officer

Property Lister

County Auditor

Real Property Lister

County Surveyor

Register of Deeds

Director of Information Technology (IT)

Research Scientist

E 911 Mapping Coordinator

Right-of-Way Technician

Engineer-Zoning Administrator

Senior Land Records Analyst

Environmental Analyst

State Geodetic Adviser


State Property Mapper


Tax Assessor-Zoning Official

Geographic Information Officer Program Manager

Transit—GIS Planner

Geographic Information System (GIS) Administrator-Developer

Vice President-Corporate GIS Manager

GIS Analyst

Warm Water Habitat Development Consultant

GIS Database Administrator


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