What is an effective GIS operation? URISA has posted its GIS Capability Maturity Model for public review:
The GIS Capability Maturity Model is intended primarily to define the components of an effective GIS operation, as well as to identify the characteristics of a well-managed and mature GIS.
[W]ithin the field of GIS management key questions remain. What are the characteristics of a capable enterprise GIS? What are the characteristics of a well-managed enterprise GIS? The URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model is designed to provide a framework for addressing these questions
URISA states that the “GIS Capability Maturity Model will serve the GIS community as a stand-alone document to define the framework for an effective enterprise GIS.”
The document was developed internally by URISA in 2009 and adopted as an initiative of the organization in 2011/12. The draft document is open to all members of the public, but URISA is most interested in input from geospatial managers. The call for comments period is from April 23 to May 31, 2013. All comments will by reviewed by URISA’s GIS Management Institute which was established last year in order to “develop resources and services that focus on promoting the advancement of professional best practices and standards for the management of GIS operations.”
Before providing commentary, URISA first requests that you read through the 23-page document and also be familiar with URISA’s Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM) which is cross-referenced in the GIS Capability Maturity Model. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.