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



2006 Annual Report Available


The FY2006 annual report for the Governor’s Council on Geographic Information summarizes accomplishments from the past year and outlines planned activities for the next. It is available at


Council accomplishments are sorted into four categories. One or two highlights of each are listed below:


     Help people and organizations get the data they need. Worked to make Minnesota’s hydrographic data acceptable to federal agencies.

     Communicate with Minnesota’s GIS stakeholders. Held most of its meetings with videoconferencing available, held a well-attended meeting in Grand Rapids, participated heavily in the annual conference, and published 14 articles in this newsletter.

     Coordinate federal, state, regional, and local activities. Developed a survey to identify prospects for shared statewide geospatial technology services.

     Develop standards and guidelines that support data sharing. Intervened in federal efforts to create a new Geographic Names Information System, providing critical comments that led to a better standard.


Plans for next year include improving communication with the IT community, looking for possibilities to share services across agencies and sectors, and updating the Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines. Details of those activities are subject to modification by next year’s committees.


You do not need to be a council member to participate on a committee. See for more information – this is your chance to get involved!