Central to any Geographic Information Systems is the data
upon which it is built. The City of Bakersfield in cooperation
with the County and other organizations have built partnerships
for sharing data. The collection of datasets is used in geographic
analysis and map productions.
Kern Geographic Information Network (Kern
GEONET) was established by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) between the City of Bakersfield, the county of Kern and
the Kern Council of Governments. The MOU was signed in April
Of the three agencies involved in the partnership, the City,
the County and Kern COG, the City of Bakersfield is the undisputed
leader in development of GIS in the region. In the late 1980s
the City began development of a highly accurate base map of
the greater Metropolitan Area of Bakersfield. Currently, the
City has the largest staff with the greatest level of expertise
in the region.
COG is an association of City and County governments
primarily created to address regional transportation issues.
Its Member Agencies include the County of Kern and the
eleven incorporated cities within Kern County. >> Kern
The Geographic Information Services Staff are also present
at a number of GIS organizations including the California Geographic
Information Association (CGIA), Kern GeoNET, and the Kern Chapter
of the Urban and Regional Information System Association (URISA).