MN GIS/LIS NEWS
WINTER 2006-7
ISSUE 47

MN GIS/LIS NEWS
The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference Wrap-up
From the Chair
Scholarship Competition Results
Conference Auction Results
What is GISP?
GIS Rules of Conduct
MN GIS Speakers Bureau
North Carolinian Attends Conference

State
2006 Air Photos
Geospatial Services Survey
Gopher State One Call

Governor's Council
Committee Priorities 

Regional
MetroGIS DataFinder Improved
Housing/Jobs Mapping Site
Metro Land Conversion

Local
GIS for Surveyors

Federal
2010 Census Address Program
2010 Census Options
National Land Cover Database 

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update CEU's

Non-Profits
GITA Announces Scholarship

Other Places
Benefits of Parcel WMS

 

Committee Priorities for 2006-07

 

The seven committees of the Governor’s Council on GIS have set their priorities for the current year, listed below. New this year are the Digital Elevation Committee and the Wetlands Update Subcommittee of the Hydrography Committee.

 

New members are welcome. If you see a task or workplan that appeals to you, feel free to contact the chair. For more information on any committee, see www.gis.state.mn.us

 

Digital Elevation

Emergency Preparedness

Geospatial Architecture (formerly Standards)

Hydrography

Land Records Modernization

Outreach

Strategic Plan

 

Digital Elevation

 

Minnesota's Digital Elevation Working Group became the council’s Digital Elevation Committee on September 20, 2006. The Working Group has been functioning for years on a mission to improve Minnesota's elevation data. The new committee is working now to set its FY07 priorities.

 

Leadership:

Emergency Preparedness

 

Purpose: Organize the GIS community to help minimize the impact of, recover from, and avoid natural- and human-caused emergencies in Minnesota.

 

Priorities:

This committee has three subcommittees:  Outreach, Education and Data. For more details on each subcommittee’s FY07 priorities, see the committee webpage: http://www.gis.state.mn.us/committe/emprep/

 

  • Outreach: Build stronger relationships between the emergency management and GIS communities.
  • Education: Help organize and educate Minnesota’s GIS community to better respond to emergencies.
  • Data: Promote data coordination, standards and development activities that support emergency preparedness in Minnesota.

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Geospatial Architecture (formerly Standards)

 

Purpose: Promote the development of common technological approaches to spatial data sharing and business integration through integrated system design, and support for geospatial standards.

 

Priorities:

  • Monitor the progress of emerging international metadata standards, and recommend revisions to the Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines to ensure compliance.
  • Update the Geospatial Architecture portion of the council’s website, in support of the State’s Enterprise Information Architecture.
  • Begin detailed logical design work on major geospatial architectural components.
  • Continue to monitor and review federal data standards, particularly as they pertain to framework data publishing.

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Hydrography

 

Purpose: Promote consistent development of hydrography data and enable data exchange through coordination, cooperation and standards development. The committee has a new wetlands update subcommittee.

 

Priorities:

  • Complete definition of the Hydrologic Events framework element.
  • Develop implementation plan for use and maintenance of the framework EPA Grant.
  • Promote FGDC compliance of Minnesota Watershed Boundaries.
  • Promote wetlands mapping and maintenance strategy.

Leadership:

Land Records Modernization

Purpose: Work to research and develop support for statewide Land Records Modernization.

Priorities:

  • Complete and distribute the document of the uses and benefits of digital parcel data in Minnesota county governments.
  • Make the guide to assist counties to create and maintain a digital cadastral layer available on the web.
  • Begin developing a process for the aggregation of existing county parcel data into a statewide dataset.
  • Support the effort to launch the Minnesota County GIS Association.

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 Outreach

 

Purpose: Works to connect the Council with its constituencies and to publicize its work to the broader community.

 

Priorities:

  • Outreach to the IT and surveying communities and to the utility industry.
  • Finish council website updates.
  • Revise council brochure.
  • Participate in 2006 Government IT Symposium.
  • Participate in 2006 Association of Minnesota Counties conference.
  • Discuss Speaker's Bureau idea with Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium.
  • Write articles for the MN GIS/LIS News.
  • Proactively work to meet the communications needs of other committees.
  • Draft annual report.

Leadership:

Strategic Plan

 

Purpose: Guide development of a strategic plan to support the common needs of Minnesota organizations that use geospatial technology to meet their business goals.

 

Priorities:

  • Work with the Office of Enterprise Technology to integrate geospatial technology with state’s enterprise technology environment.
  • Conduct shared services survey, review results and identify opportunities for increased collaboration.
  • Recommend functions, organization and funding for a state geospatial authority.
  • Guide strategic implementation of an enterprise technical architecture for GIS.
  • Monitor Minnesota’s data and infrastructure needs and make strategic recommendations to address them.
  • Maintain relationships with programs that support the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  • Complete second generation strategic plan for the Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  • Sponsor geospatial strategic plan sessions at MN GIS/LIS Consortium and MN Government IT conferences.

Leadership: