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Since first establishing a GIS committee in 1990, the Bermuda Government
has made considerable investment and progress in the deployment of GIS
services to Government agencies, private sector and the general public.
In contrast to other small countries that typically employ a central
land information office, Bermuda has, from the beginning, developed GIS
through the coordinated efforts of multiple government agencies. The
management principles of this decentralized organizational approach have
influenced the development of Bermuda's GIS infrastructure and
implementations. GIS managers from jurisdictions in which central
control of data and professional territoriality are major problems will
find the Bermuda GIS Committee to be a refreshing change. This paper
will focus on the grass roots organizational model for GIS in Bermuda
and highlight some of its success stories, lessons learned and current
intentions towards societal GIS in Bermuda.