Summer 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Spring Workshops
Award Nominations
Scholarship Winners

Right of Way Maps Online
More Photos via WMS

Governor's Council
Applications FY08
Commendation Nominations


County GIS Association
Ramsey 2006 Orthos
Utility User Group

SSURGO update
Web Soil Survey v.2
2010 Census Tracts
2010 Census Address Update
Land Cover Website
Satellite Mission

Higher Education
U of M GIS Job Fair
St. Mary's Update

Other Places
Seamless Photos/Topos
WI GIS Coordination
City GIS Sites
Climate Change Risk
Projections Poster
European GPS Update
1507 Map of World


MetroGIS Begins Work on Plan to Insure Relevancy
By Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator  

MetroGIS is a step closer to insuring that it will maintain practices relevant to its stakeholders’ shared needs over the next 3 to 5 years. On April 25, the MetroGIS Policy Board endorsed, as works-in-progress, next-generation vision and mission statements, principles to guide operations, and several priority strategic activities. These directives will serve as the framework upon which to develop a concrete action plan. These works-in-progress directives were generally identified at a day-long Strategic Directions Workshop hosted by MetroGIS on February 8, 2007, the subject of an article presented in the last issue of the GIS/LIS newsletter.  

The next step will be to define a work plan through which priorities for work on each of following priority strategies are decided. Work is expected to begin in May 2007 to identify concrete actions for the highest priority strategies:

  • Expand regional solutions (to shared information needs) to include applications and foster infrastructure enhancements needed to fully leverage the capabilities of regional solutions.
  • Sustain stakeholder satisfaction with MetroGIS’s accomplishments and products.
    • Regional data solutions to shared information needs
    • One-stop, Internet-based tool for data discovery and access (MetroGIS DataFinder)
    • Adopted standards and best practices
    • Data sharing policies and agreements
    • Forum for knowledge sharing and spirit of working together
  • Facilitate better data sharing (more data available, more users, improved processes)
  • Expand MetroGIS stakeholders:
    • Interoperability with jurisdictions adjoining the Metropolitan Area
    • Municipal governments participating as producers of data for regional solutions (e.g., addresses)
    • Partnerships with non-government entities to secure resources needed to address shared needs
    • More users of MetroGIS’s services
  • Build advocacy and awareness (of the benefits of collaborative solutions to shared needs)
    • Improve understanding among government leadership that use of GIS technology is a cost of effectively doing business in today’s high-tech world and that cross-organization collaboration is necessary to fully realize these capabilities
    • Coordinate with the State of Minnesota’s Spatial Technology Infrastructure planning to seek alignment between state policies and MetroGIS’s solutions to shared information needs and distribution architecture
  • Optimize MetroGIS organization
    • Sustain a broadly supported stakeholder-governed organizational structure consistent with guiding principles and capabilities required to achieve major desired outcomes
    • Have funding policies that result in the most efficient and effective use of taxpayers’ money
    • Sustain and enhance core and distinctive competencies  

 A listing of the works-in-progress policies and strategic activities can be viewed at under “Next-Generation Business Plan Update Process”.  

The Policy Board has acknowledged a goal of adopting a next-generation Business Plan by October 2007. Anyone who would like more information or wishes to participate in the update process, should contact Randall Johnson, at 651-602-1638 or