Section 1. Mission

The mission of the Committee is:

To facilitate the development and maintenance of an ongoing public-private partnership for sharing and expanding the use of spatial data to foster informed community decision making, innovative business development, environmental management and education in the Central Coast region of California.

The Committee is defined as:

A regional collaborative for the collection, preparation and sharing the use of spatial data.

Other definitions used to clarify the work of the Committee include the following:

  • Region: the areas affecting the Monterey Bay, from San Mateo through San Luis Obispo Counties, and including Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties.
  • Spatial Data: the data pertaining to the geography of the region. This may include census data, Assessor's parcel records, streets and roads, natural resource data - in short, any data that has some connection to place on the earth.
  • Collaborative: a round table approach to communicating, planning and documenting the spatial data of the region.
  • Sharing: The CCJDC is committed to making spatial data mutually available to its members and keeping them freely usable by the public.
  • Standards: in order to make the data available to the public and members, the CCJDC will work toward a standard way of describing the data and presenting it to the public.

Section 2. Objectives

The goals and objectives of the Committee include:

A. Policy

  1. To represent the shared interests in geographic information and technology issues for organizations working with and using geographic information in the Central Coast Region.
  2. To identify high-priority geographic databases and promote the development and maintenance of these.

B. Liaison and Communication

  1. To provide a forum for cooperation and communication in matters related to the use and development of geographic information in the Central Coast Region.
  2. To facilitate cost-sharing and collaborative arrangements to develop and maintain geographic data bases.
  3. To cooperate with other entities and organizations to foster the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  4. To set, adopt, apply and adjust as necessary regional standards for spatial data.

C. Research

  1. To study issues affecting the use and sharing of geographic information and develop reports, analyses, and recommendations about these issues for the membership.
  2. To provide a forum for examining new geographic information and technology issues and ideas.

D. Education and Public Relations

  1. To promote the understanding of geographic information and technology to organizations and the public in the Central Coast Region.
  2. To promote education and training curriculums for geographic information for its members.
  3. To promote the dissemination of information to institutions who can make use of the data.

E. Data Distribution

  1. To provide data to Committee members without fees for acquisition or use of the coverages and spatial data, other than normal transaction costs, including labor and media costs for the copying of data.