VGIN was established in 1997 in Virginia Code to "foster the creative utilization of geographic information and oversee the development of a catalog of GIS data available in the Commonwealth." Core functions of VGIN are:

  • Develop and recommend policies and guidelines required to support state and local government exchange, acquisition, storage, use, sharing and distribution of geographic or base map data and related technologies

  • Compile a data catalog consisting of descriptions of GIS coverages maintained by individual state and local government agencies

  • Setting priorities for the development of state digital geographic data and base maps that meet the needs of state agencies, institutions of higher education, and local governments

  • Provide services, geographic data products, and access to the repository at rates established by the Division

Source: Virginia Code § 2.2-2026 and § 2.2-2027

Strategic Planning

GIS Strategic Plan 2020-2022: Strategic PlanStory Map

GIS Strategic Plan 2015 to 2020

GIS Strategic Plan 2010 to 2015

Standards and Work Groups

Road Centerline Data Standard

Address Points Data Standard

Geospatial Data Standards


GIS Education and Advocacy & Outreach

Base Map Data Layers



Elevation / LiDAR


Land Cover

VGIN Geospatial Data Services

VGIN Services include the statewide metadata and data clearinghouse portal, hosted web mapping services and applications and geospatial needs assessment and project management services. Learn more here.

State and Local Government GIS Surveys

2012 State Agency GIS User Survey - Poster of Graphic Results from State Agency GIS Survey