CHALLENGE

There is an information gap in Puerto Rico, the result of conflicting government agency priorities, independent databases and workflows, and budgetary constraints. Independent systems have rendered an incompatibility between land administration agencies, producing a land administration system that does not fully reflect the land rights and land use of Puerto Ricans. As a result, many response and recovery activities following Hurricanes Irma and María have been hindered.

VISION

The GeoFrame Program will consolidate the “building blocks” of existing Island laws, programs, datasets, and stakeholder needs into a single, standardized, formal system—with a centralized and open GIS database—resilient to crisis scenarios. This system, or Spatial Data Infrastructure, will enable citizen, multi-organizational, and cross-border collaborations to address local, regional and global challenges, including natural and human-made disasters. This systemic collaborative architecture promotes efficiency at all levels of government and society.

Program operating budget: $50,000,000

Description:

The Government of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Housing Department (PRDOH) are pleased to announce the Puerto Rico Geospatial Framework (GeoFrame) Program — a coordinated effort to build the first comprehensive Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the Island.

GUIDELINES

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Program Guidelines (V1.0)Download 
Cross Cutting Guidelines (V2.0) -- Posted 10/28/2020Download 

COORDINATING GOVERNMENT

The GeoFrame Program responds to existing land use, land administration, and spatial data constraints of the Government of Puerto Rico. The Program will work with data users and producers, Puerto Rican agencies and organizations, as well as a procured technical service provider, to design and build the envisioned geospatial infrastructure.

SERVICE PROVIDERS

If you are a company or firm specializing in geospatial information, Spatial Data Infrastructure, and developing land administration systems for governing bodies, please see the Request for Proposals HERE.

RELIABLE INFORMATION

A sustainable society depends on coordinated, human-to-land information. And information is only useful when it is accurate, secure, and accessible to all stakeholders.

Inaccurate and inaccessible spatial information in Puerto Rico crippled emergency responders during Hurricanes Irma and María, and resulted in response teams wasting critical time trying to navigate unmapped roadways. Puerto Ricans were isolated by landslides and flooded waterways, and many homes without physical addresses, or homes that were informally constructed, unregistered, and unknown outside the immediate community, were unable to be reached. A comprehensive, secure, and interoperable spatial data infrastructure that provided accurate baseline information did not exist.

This illustrates the simple fact that all people build relationships to land and property, and therefore, all people benefit from accurate, centralized, spatial representation of land information.

SPATIALLY ENABLING PUERTO RICO

Planning effective, sustainable recovery solutions in Puerto Rico requires a fully informed government and citizenry who are able to visualize the relationships between people and their location, understand changes and trends, and make informed decisions that can safeguard life, land, and property. We call this fully informed state a Spatially Enabled Society (SES) – one whose citizens, governmental and nongovernmental entities make use of and benefit from the availability of geospatial information.

The goal of the Puerto Rico Geospatial Framework (GeoFrame) Program is to increase access and transparency of land use and geospatial data in Puerto Rico. The Program aims to support the ability of all stakeholders, including citizens, non-governmental entities, and governmental agencies, to understand the spatial component of land administration and the place-based nature of property and governance of land and water.

WHAT IS GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION?

Geospatial Information is data that references a place on Earth. We interact with this daily through mailing addresses and mapping applications. The United Nations has indicated that producing and coordinating more reliable geospatial information is essential for sustainable development, policy-making, programming and project operations.

GEOSPATIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

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Geospatial information becomes outdated or unsuitable for governance systems if a framework of technology, policies, and institutional arrangements are not comprehensively coordinated. Standardizing information further facilitates the creation, exchange, and use of geospatial data and related information resources.

EVIDENCE-BASED DECISIONS

This Geospatial Infrastructure and its information resources are used to supply evidence at key decision points. Decisions may range from a family purchasing a house outside a known floodplain; a non-profit identifying education development opportunities specific to economically underserved communities; a government agency prioritizing building inspection assistance where informal construction persists or a farmer choosing to cultivate specific land units based on geological or environmental information. A spatially enabled society is one that makes use of, and benefits from, the availability of geospatial data, information, and services to organize a resilient, sustainable community.

AN INFORMED FUTURE

The Puerto Rico Geospatial Framework (GeoFrame) Program, will support Puerto Rico’s growth towards a Spatially Enabled Society (SES) by producing a foundation of high-quality, geo-referenced data, and building a spatial data infrastructure of people, policies, software, hardware, and systems for citizens to access and use spatial data to enable evidence-based decision-making.