Council accomplishments are presented in four categories. Highlights of each are listed below:
•Help people and organizations get the data they need Launched a new Digital Elevation Committee to advocate improving the state’s elevation data.
•Communicate with Minnesota’s GIS stakeholders Held a well-attended meeting in St. Cloud focusing on regional collaborations; connected with key stakeholder groups through conferences and newsletters: the GIS/LIS community, Minnesota counties, and the IT, surveying, and utility communities.
•Coordinate federal, state, regional, and local activities Launched a strategic planning effort to help the state better coordinate its GIS activities; helped to organize a new Minnesota County GIS Association.
•Develop standards and guidelines that support data sharing Requested that the National Geodetic Survey publish State Plane Coordinates in both meters and feet; contributed to the proposed National Street Address Standard.
Plans for next year include continuing the strategic planning process; working with the Office of Enterprise Technology to integrate geospatial technology with the state’s enterprise technology environment; determining costs and funding options for statewide elevation data; and reviewing and commenting on the proposed federal Wetland Mapping Standard. Details of those activities are subject to modification by next year’s committees.