The KansasView Consortium has a core membership that represents a long-standing alliance between the KARS Program, DASC, the Kansas Information Technology Office (KITO), and the Kansas GIS Policy Board. The University of Kansas (KU) Digital Library Initiatives has recently joined the Consortium to develop KansasView's objective for making the Consortium's data resources more readily available to the state's academic, research, and K12 communities. Key milestones in the evolution of the KansasView Consortium include:

  • 1964 - Remote sensing research initiated and coursework first offered at KU.

  • 1972 -KARS established. Established by NASA and the State of Kansas, KARS conducts research on techniques that enable public agencies and private firms to better utilize data from satellite remote sensing technologies and related geographic information systems (GIS) in decision-making, policy formulation, and planning.

  • 1981 - Kansas Interagency Task Force on Applied Remote Sensing. At the request of the Governor of Kansas, in 1981 the KARS Program organized the Kansas Interagency Task Force on Applied Remote Sensing. The task force was composed of 11 agencies representing state, county, and local government.

  • 1984 - KCARS. The success of the Task Force led to legislation establishing a permanent Kansas Commission on Applied Remote Sensing (KCARS). KCARS was the predecessor of the Kansas GIS Policy Board.

  • 1989 - Kansas GIS Policy Board established. The Policy Board serves as the State's primary steering and advisory group for the major geospatial data and use issues in Kansas. The Board has 22 members, including representatives from local, state and Federal government agencies, and private industry.

  • 1991 - DASC established. The Board's Data Access and Support Center (DASC) was established, fulfilling KCARS' vision for a Kansas geographic information center. Since its inception, DASC has served as the archival and distribution center for the Kansas GIS Core Database. DASC is housed at the Kansas Geological Survey on the University of Kansas' Lawrence campus.

  • 2000 - KU-DLI established. KU Digital Library Initiatives (KU-DLI) leverages the University's institutional resources for the development, maintenance, and access to digital resources for the KU community. KU-DLI focuses on projects that support the teaching and research of faculty, learning and research of students, and access to information resources for citizens of the state and beyond.

  • 2001 - National GIS Award received. In the 2001 Digital States Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government, the State of Kansas received a first place award for GIS in the nation and tied for first with Illinois on the overall IT score for the survey.