Managing a GIS: What to Do When the Honeymoon's Over
Track: Geographic Information Officer
Author(s): Katherine M. Bronson
This paper details the struggles of managing a GIS within the national forests in Florida's larger land management emphasis. The courtship began with high expectations and management's full support. However, GIS has never fit into our traditional organization and remains a map tool in many managers' minds. We have to shift our thinking and our organization to start managing information as a resource. Only then will we be able to reap the true benefits of a GIS, sharing data across resource specialties that will lead to better land management decisions.
Katherine M. Bronson
USDA Forest Service
40929 State Road 19
Umatilla, FL 32784