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Oregon GIS Utility Initiative
Navigator Logo Imagine hundreds of statewide maps available any time you need them using your Web browser. That's navigatOR.

navigatOR connects decision makers with the data they need when they need it. Government agencies at all levels use geographic information in their daily activities.  Developing and maintaining that information in an efficient, professional manner is critical to meeting service expectations. In emergencies, it saves lives and property. navigatOR  is a key component of a modern information infrastructure.
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NavigatOR helps realize the Governor's Principles:
  • Health and Basic Needs
  • Economic Development
  • Livability & the Environment
  • Public Safety
  • Government Efficiency & Accountability
  • Education & Workforce Development
navigatOR Vision (pdf)
A description of the current state and what navigatOR offers for improved resources, coordination and integration of  geographic data, and access to GIS technology.
Conceptual Design (zip)
Conceptual “blueprint” describing the GIS Utility structure, including system configuration, data content and design, and organizational structure.
Information about the structure and operation of other organizations' “GIS utilities” and lessons learned.

Business Case and Requirements
Business Case for  Development of a Statewide GIS Utility (pdf)   
Purpose and justification for the GIS Utility with a full description of the user community and the business requirements for the GIS Utility. A rigorous cost-benefit analysis defines potential long-term financial and non-financial benefits to Oregon.
navigatOR Financing Options
Project Risk Identification and Mitigation Plan (pdf)
Identifies major organizational and technical risks confronted in GIS Utility development, and strategies for avoiding risks or mitigating their impacts.
Implementation Plan for the Oregon Statewide GIS Utility (pdf)
Development and deployment guide for navigatOR.
A strategic foundation for a multi-year process including tasks, schedule, and budget.
Geographic Data Stewardship Best Practices (pdf)
Discussion of roles and recommendations for setting up an effective environment for ongoing geographic data maintenance and exchange.
Technology and Data Inventory GAP Analysis Report (zip)
Technology and data status evaluation of statewide users including needs and gaps relative to full realization of GIS Utility goals.
Technology and Data Inventory for the Public Sector GIS Community (zip)
Technology and Data Inventory for the Non-Public Sector GIS Community (pdf)
                               For more information visit the GIS Utility Project Website
For questions regarding statewide GIS coordination/organizational issues, please e-mail:
State Geospatial Information Officer