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The Geographic Information Officer (GIO), Ekaterina Fitos, plans, coordinates, and supports the implementation of the enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program including GIS analysis, development, and planning activities and related coordination with other agencies and departments. The GIO performs a variety of professional, administrative, and programmatic work in support of enterprise GIS programs including serving as a liaison to and coordinator for state agency staff and the state's Chief Information Officer and the Chief Data Officer.

The GIO's role is to:

  • Develop and publish enterprise GIS policies and standards
  • Establish an enterprise geospatial strategic plan with performance metrics to track the success of the plan
  • Identify and research funding opportunities for GIS including providing a central authority to coordinate and manage federal funding
  • Serve as Florida's designated liaison for federal and other GIS organizations
  • Provide enterprise GIS data sharing guidance and coordination and promote data sharing of GIS information across state agencies
  • Coordinate and reduce duplicative data acquisition and storage
  • Coordinate GIS collaboration across state agencies and with universities, local governments, and other states
  • Negotiate product licensing and develop methods to maximize use of existing licenses across state agencies
  • Advocate for GIS resources, training, and expanded use of geospatial visualization in diverse aspects of state business
  • Encourage "GIS by Design;" build in geographic information into business solutions as a foundational component
  • Act as liaison with Florida GIS data consumers and facilitate public-private partnership (PP) opportunities
  • Develop data sharing agreements and memorandums of understanding (MOU)