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
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
- 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,
- 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.