Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Environment/Energy: Geology and Geographic Information

G19 State Geologist

G20 Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS)

G19 State Geologist
UMass, Geosciences Department 
611 North Pleasant Street
233 Morrill Science Center
Amherst, MA 01003-9297
Tel: 413-545-2286
Fax: 413-545-1200

The state geologist provides state agencies and citizens with professional advice on matters relating to ground water, geology, soil and mineral resources. Its goals are: to promote basic geologic mapping; assist in collecting, compiling, analyzing, correlating and preserving data pertaining to the geological environment, and to disseminate this information to the public via maps, databases, reports and publications

G20 MassGIS
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
One Ashburton Place, Room 1601
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-619-5611

Statutorily known as the Office of Geographic and Environmental Information, MassGIS staff maintains several large format color plotters and a large format scanner, promotes and guides spatial data development, and supports the approximately 60 GIS users throughout EOEA's departments and offices. MassGIS is now also responsible for coordinating GIS activities across the Commonwealth, and with advising state agencies and regional planning agencies. MassGIS also collaborates on projects with federal agencies, sets data development standards, and provides documents and other technical resources to cities and towns. MassGIS solicits advice from and reports regularly to the Statewide Geographic Information Advisory Committee. Through MassGIS, the Commonwealth has created a comprehensive, statewide database of spatial information. MassGIS distributes data and selected maps from this database to the public and provides a variety of on-line map viewers for displaying the database.

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