The Alaska Geospatial Office (AGO) coordinates with public and private stakeholders across Alaska to develop and manage geographic information. AGO works under five priority initiatives: 1) building collaborative relationships; 2) creating a shared geospatial framework; 3) establishing data governance; 4) providing access to decision-support tools; and 5) enhancing geospatial capabilities and literacy through education and outreach. Working together, state, federal, and local governments are improving geographic information and how it is shared. AGO administers the Alaska Geospatial Council, an independent advisory council for geospatial initiatives and the State of Alaska Geoportal, a one-stop-shop for geospatial data, maps, and apps managed by government agencies.
Dr. Jones provides statewide coordination for geospatial data, initiatives, and policies. She serves the principal role in advancing geospatial goals of the State of Alaska and voice of the Alaska Geospatial Council. Leslie has 20 years of experience as a geospatial statistician in applied research science and advocates for open data, reproducible science, and use of GIS as a platform for data-driven decisions. In her position as GIO she promotes the value of modernizing technologies to foster data sharing and integration to enable more effective coordination across the State of Alaska.
Andrew has developed his geographic career based on the principle of quality data, beginning in 2014 as a quality control specialist in support of the Alaska Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. Andrew joined DGGS in 2018 and has continued his geographic efforts as a resource for all things elevation. When he isn't flying lidar and photogrammetric surveys throughout the state, he can be found in his office, where he maintains Alaska's elevation data inventory.