FALL 2006

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference
From the Chair
Lifetime Award
Polaris Awards
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Competition
Scholarship Fundraising
North Workshop
South Workshop

Air Photo, Elevation Inventory
LIDAR Update
50 States Grant
NorthStar Mapper
HydroClim Minnesota

Governor's Council
Annual Report
FY07 Appointments
Governor's Commendations
Grand Rapids Presentations

Forum Results

Olmsted Uses Air Photos
FGDC Funds Web Mapping

Pine County LIDAR, Soils
Soil Data Viewer Update
2007 CAP Grants
USGS Reorganization

Higher Education
Evacuation Management Tool
Land Change Research
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
GEOFEST, Training

Mapping Child Care

Other Places
Dynamic Earth Map



Minnesota Uses Grant to Further Develop GIS Strategic Plan

By Fred Logman, Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis


Minnesota has received a $50,000 grant from the Federal Geographic Data Committee to assist the state with developing a strategic and business plan in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Future Directions Fifty States Initiative. The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) has partnered with the FGDC in this program and provides a brochure describing the program and what is needed in each state for success: Ten other states received similar grants: Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


The Minnesota geospatial community has a long tradition of cooperation, reflected in more than thirty years of accomplishments involving the development, distribution, and dissemination of digital geospatial data based upon common needs and adopted standards that support the NSDI. In 2004, Minnesota formally adopted A Foundation for Coordinated GIS, Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure, a plan for coordinating GI technology to support organizations working within the state. The 2004 plan included recommendations addressing policies, procedures and governance issues that support enterprise solutions.


This project supports the next steps required to develop a sustainable Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI), strengthening coordination within the state while supporting the national goals of the NSDI. The goal of this project is to generate a strategic plan for state geospatial services focusing on organizational and operational recommendations. While focusing on Minnesota’s executive branch agencies, the plan will also ensure that the needs of the larger Minnesota geospatial community are addressed.


Several areas that will be examined to develop recommendations include: establishing a state “geospatial authority,” creating an enterprise geospatial organizational structure and governance model, identifying sustainable funding, updating framework data plans, as well as better integrating state geospatial and traditional IT technologies.


The Land Management Information Center (LMIC) is conducting the project, and the project leader is Fred Logman, who has been active in the Minnesota IT and geospatial community for many years. The Governor’s Council on Geographic Information, through its Strategic Plan Committee, will actively participate in the one-year project that started in March.


For further information, please contact Fred Logman at: or 651-201-2495.