GIS Management Institute
Promoting professional adoption and awareness of best practices and standards in the GIS profession.
GMI Goal: The GIS Management Institute® helps organizations identify and implement enterprise GIS management practice improvements. GIS managers, anywhere in the world, will increase return on investment and maximize the effective use of GIS for their enterprise business goals with GMI products and services.
Need: GIS professionals and practitioners invest considerable time and money for their initial education and continual training, yet recognized professional practice standards and guidelines are lacking in the GIS profession. Public agencies and private entities have invested very large sums of money to develop and operate their enterprise GIS and program specific GIS operations, yet best-practices and investment validation for GIS operations are both lacking. Worldwide, most GIS managers, professionals, and practitioners continue to deliver value to society through the work that they do. But there remains a need for an environment where best practices and professional standards can be developed, validated, and promoted to maximize the value and effectiveness of GIS operations. These are the needs that the GIS Management Institute® will meet.
GMI Core Products and Services: The GIS Management Institute® already has two key products that are central to its core strategy:
- Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM) for managers
- GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) for GIS organizations
The GIS Management Body of Knowledge (GMBOK) will be a third key product of the GMI. The GMBOK is intended to be a GMI product that generates substantial revenue.
The GISCMM and the GMBOK will also be used to develop an on-line subscription based organizational assessment and accreditation service for enterprise GIS operations anywhere in the world. This will be the primary revenue generating GMI service. Subscribers to the service will populate the GMI database with metrics on their own GIS configuration, maturity assessment, and performance metrics. Their subscription will then provide them access to the GMI database to analyze the effectiveness of individual GIS management best practices and to compare their GIS operations against peer agencies worldwide.
The GISCMM, GMCM, and the GMBOK will also be used to develop a revenue-generating, subscription-based GIS educational program accreditation service. The GMCM and the GMBOK will be used in cooperation with GISCI, to develop a revenue generating GIS Management Certification Program.
GMI Core Strategy: The GMI core strategy is to help those who deploy, operate, and manage GIS organizations enhance their personal competency, and improve the effectiveness and ROI from their investment in GIS. The GMI will mobilize volunteer GIS professionals (to be called GMI Associates) to create the GMBOK, comprised of individual GIS Best Practices.
The GMBOK will be developed by starting with frameworks that have already been developed by URISA, such as the GMCM and the GISCMM. Topics for individual GIS Management Best Practices will be developed from the 23 capability and 22 maturity components of the GISCMM. Each topic will include a narrative of the best practice, a policy template, recommended metrics, a description of required professional competencies to support the best practice, and recommended learning objectives to inform the development of a curriculum to teach the best practice.
The URISA GIS Management Institute® is recognized as a worldwide authority for GIS management best practices.
Greg Babinski, GISP, Immediate Past-President of URISA, explained the motivation behind the development of the GIS Management Institute: “The management of enterprise GIS operations requires knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly set it apart from other management domains. GIS operations today are highly complex, critical for effective agency services, and have been proven to deliver tremendous financial benefits.” He further noted that, “Central to the GMI, is the theory that as GIS operational maturity improves, ROI (return on investment) from GIS increases.”
- Read Greg Babinski's article in URISA's Managing GIS Column in ArcNews
Greg Babinski's PPT presentation at the Esri User Conference:
GIS Management Institute® and the GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM):updates, overviews and implementations webinar
Greg Babinski, GISP, King County GIS Center, Seattle, Washington