Mike Mahaffie was honored with the 2005 Geographic Community Service Award at the annual conference of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC) on April 21, in Rehoboth Beach. Mr. Mahaffie, of the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination, was given the award to acknowledge his continuing commitment to the state’s geospatial community.
The Geographic Community Service Award, established with this year’s award, will be given annually to the individual (or group) that has demonstrated a commitment to furthering geographic knowledge and understanding in the state. Nominations come from members of the GIS Community familiar with the candidate; anyone is welcome to submit a nomination. Candidates are judged on the degree to which they show motivation and initiative in fostering cooperation and sharing of knowledge within the community.
Mr. Mahaffie received several nominations, which all pointed out his nearly decade-long commitment to the geospatial community in Delaware. Among his achievements during that time are the creation the DGDC and the Spatial Data Implementation Team, maintenance of a GIS-related e-mail discussion list, laying of the foundation for Delaware’s nationally recognized data repository and distribution system – the DataMIL, and the statewide coordination of various stakeholders in the GIS and geospatial realms.
As one of the nominators observed:
Mike is clearly the glue that holds our loose federation of GIS professionals and activities together. He is tireless in working toward his goal of making statewide GIS cooperation and communication a reality. I am always impressed by his ability to keep a long-term view of the process and not falter when short-term objectives take longer than he might wish.