(Old Town, Maine--7 March 2008) The Maine Library of Geographic Information has selected James W. Sewall Company to update its 2002 GIS Strategic Plan to national standards and to design a statewide land records information system. The project, funded through a grant from the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Cooperative Agreement Program and the Maine GeoLibrary Board, will bring the State’s GIS activities into alignment with the National States’ Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) Fifty States Initiative and unify the State’s approach to managing and distributing parcel data.
Working with the Board and subcontractors Reference Standard (Cambridge, MA), Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants (Fairfax, VA), and Fairview Industries (Pendleton, SC), Sewall will conduct both the strategic planning and land records system research in parallel, coordinating stakeholder meetings, information-gathering forums, and surveys across the State to identify critical GIS needs and objectives. This information will form the basis of the updated plan and the functional framework and specifications for the parcel system.
Dr. James Page, CEO of Sewall, states, “Maine is known as an early adopter of GIS. Developing a sustainable infrastructure is a significant next step and will assist the State in providing better, more efficient service to our citizens. We are excited to be a part of this process.”
Founded in 1880, Sewall provides integrated engineering, forestry, and GIS consulting solutions to government and industry. Sewall’s capabilities in GIS project implementation, strategic planning, and application development are supported by 60 years’ experience in aerial mapping and a legacy in accurate geospatial data. To reduce technology costs, Sewall offers clients web hosting services, on-line data maintenance, and a secure geoportal for the collection, distribution, and resale of geospatial data. Recently the company reorganized to share resources and technologies across business units, enabling the delivery of multidisciplined solutions to meet specific client needs. For more information on Sewall solutions, contact: Lisa Schoonmaker, Communications Director, at (207) 827-4456; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.