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
627 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 Technology Services and Security
One Ashburton Place, Room 819
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-619-5611

MassGIS is the Commonwealth's Bureau of Geographic Information, within the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (formerly MassIT) of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Through MassGIS, the Commonwealth has created a comprehensive, statewide database of geospatial information. The state legislature has established MassGIS as the official state agency assigned to the collection, storage and dissemination of geographic data. MassGIS promotes and guides spatial data development, supports GIS users throughout a variety of state agencies, departments and offices, sets standards, supports the Commonwealth's web mapping services, coordinates GIS activity with other state and regional agencies, and provides communities with assistance in GIS development. MassGIS distributes data from its database via free download from their web site.

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