Jim Sparks, Indiana Geographic Information Officer
Jim Sparks has spent most of his career working with geospatial information. His experience has come through positions as construction surveyor, cartographer, parcel mapper, and consultant, and in capacities as technician, supervisor, team leader, project manager, and director.
He is a founding member of the Indiana GIS Initiative, and has served as co-chair of INGISI’s Data Standards and Data Sharing committees and as vice-president of the Indiana Geographic Information Council Board of Directors. Jim has also contributed to the local GIS community as a frequent presenter of topics that have included "GIS for Librarians", "An Introduction to GIS", "GIS Legal Issues", "Implementing a County GIS" and "For Fee or Free? Access to Government Spatial Data". His published papers/articles include "Getting a GIS in ‘Bits and Pieces’", American City and County Magazine; "The Indianapolis Pavement Management Project", AM/FM International; "Controlling Quality during the Data Conversion Process", GIS/LIS, and "Creation of State Information Officer Reconfirms Value of GIS", Indiana Business Journal.
Jim has a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Management.
In October 2007, Jim was appointed as Indiana’s first Geographic Information Officer with a mission to facilitate the development, maintenance, and distribution of comprehensive statewide geographic data.