Spring 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2007 Conference
Call for Awards
LMIC Budget

LMIC Update
Parcel Inventory Update
FSA Photo Update
Remote Sensing Workshop
Drought Monitoring

Governor's Council
Strategic Plan Update
Call for Commendations

MetroGIS Strategic Planning
2006 TC Metro Imagery
Property Foreclosure Info

Snowmobile Trails in E911

2010 Census Address Program
LUCA Update
Physical Features Map 

Higher Education
UWRF GIS/Catography
Satellite Monitoring Land/Water
GIS Day at UMD
St. Mary's Updates GIS Lab
Neighborhood Indicators
ND Online Certificate
GIS Body of Knowledge

McMaster to Head UCGIS

Other Places
Lawsuit May Limit GIS Industry
Disaster Management
Elevation for Nation
Food Security/Health
RI Tracks Coyotes



Tracking Parcel Mapping in Minnesota – Updating SPMI for 2007
By John Hoshal, Land Management Information Center

If you work for a public organization that creates or maintains digital parcel data or plans on creating a digital cadastre in the near future, please note that the Minnesota Department of Transportation and LMIC have teamed up again to update the Statewide Parcel Mapping Inventory (SPMI) of Minnesota!


What is the SPMI? It is a unique inventory of existing and planned public GIS cadastre systems in Minnesota that was first conducted in 2003 and updated in 2004. The inventory identifies the method of parcel data development, the frequency of maintenance, data development standards and distribution practices, re-monumentation efforts, and other key information.

Accessed via an easy-to-use web-based reporting and mapping system (, inventory results have already proven beneficial to contributing organizations and the general public as they seek to better understand the status of digital parcel mapping in their area of interest and across the state. The inventory has reduced redundant efforts between agencies in parcel data development and has fostered cooperation between Mn/DOT and others leading to improved working relationships and increased knowledge exchange. Recent enhancements to the website include giving participating organizations the ability to update their digital parcel development status as often as they want.

In late March, LMIC and Mn/DOT will begin updating the Statewide Parcel Map Inventory.

  • Past contributors:  If you contributed to the 2004 inventory, we will be contacting you shortly to help us with this update.
  • New contributors:  If your organization (counties, cities >5,000 population, tribal governments and federal agencies: U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs) was not included in the 2004 survey and has information to contribute, please register today at:

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jay Krafthefer (Mn/DOT) at 651-366-3463 or< or Norman Anderson (LMIC) at 651-201-2483 or