• Cloud-Hosted Collaborative GIS Data QA/QC Portal, Phase 1

The Southeastern PA Regional Task Force (SEPATF) recognized the need to develop regional seamless integrated and standardized GIS datasets that can support regional Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) location-based emergency dispatch. They needed a shared collaboration environment that can support National Emergency Numbering Association (NENA) compliant data standardization and automated QA/QC procedures so counties can progressively improve their data until it conforms to regional NG9-1-1 mapping and dispatch objectives. 

EBA designed and implemented a cloud-hosted platform, enabling six member county governments to upload their road centerline GIS data according to schedule. The system performs automated validation of the source data, performs ETL processing to load county data into a regional NENA compliant database schema, validates the uploaded data against the NENA specification, creates QA/QC error reports, e-mails the reports to the counties, and publishes updated web services of the standardized regional datasets that can be viewed in an ArcGIS Online Web App Builder. Counties then correct errors between scheduled uploads to confirm their data complies with NENA standards. 

This iterative and collaborative approach enables counties to maintain their native road centerline schema to support a variety of other transportation-use cases, while also developing and implementing a regional NG9-1-1 centerline dataset. Updated/added road centerlines are incorporated into the county’s next iterative submission for regional centerline processing, resulting in a regional NG9-1-1 dataset that always reflects members’ centerline edits. The process is highly automated, and can be scheduled to run on any frequency. 

This solution was presented at the 2017 Esri Internal User Conference and at the 2017 Esri Public Sector Conference in Philadelphia.