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


U of M Joins National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
By Will Craig, CURA, University of Minnesota

Minneapolis is now officially part of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. NNIP is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building. Some two dozen were local partners. Minneapolis and New York City were added in January 2007.

Minneapolis is represented by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota. CURA has been helping neighborhoods take advantage of GIS for more than a decade. As a result, we were invited to apply. Members need to demonstrate a mission of:

(1)   building and operating an advanced information system with integrated and recurrently updated information on neighborhood conditions in its city;

(2)   facilitating and promoting the direct practical use of data by community and city leaders in community building and local policymaking; and

(3)   giving emphasis to using information to build the capacities of institutions and residents in distressed neighborhoods.

For more information on NNIP and CURA’s activities, see