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


Planning for Wisconsin GIS Coordination

Adapted from the Wisconsin Mapping Bulletin


Work is rapidly advancing on the number one recommendation, “more effective coordination,” appearing in the recently-released statewide GIS strategic plan, Wisconsin Location Matters: A Statewide Geographic Information Strategy.


The plan, developed under the direction of the WI Land Information Association, says the most significant factor for achieving Wisconsin’s strategic goals will be through more effective coordination. Further, the plan recommends that action be taken to improve program coordination and technical collaboration among GIS stakeholders by creating a statewide coordinating body, the Wisconsin Geographic Information Coordination Council (WIGICC).


The WIGICC will include broad representation from all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. As currently envisioned, the WIGICC would be established through executive order and would serve as an advisory body to the state's CIO and GIO (Geographic Information Officer).


Models proposed and listening sessions planned

The group working on developing the coordination council concept is led by Dave Mockert, State GIO. The group recently completed in-depth research on the formation, structure, membership, and function of councils in eight other states, and based on this research, has proposed two distinct models for how the Wisconsin council might be structured.


With basic background research complete, the group is now turning its focus to developing plans for five upcoming “listening sessions” in May and June 2007. These sessions are open to anyone, and are intended to gather ideas and feedback for developing the scope, composition and structure of the WIGICC. Watch the Mapping Bulletin and WIGICC sites listed below for listening session registration information and additional details as they develop.


Other strategic plan goals

The 23-page strategic plan promotes an understanding of GIS, why it is important, and maps a path to the future. Essentially, the plan presents a vision for improving the delivery of geographic information services throughout the state by identifying five goals and associated strategies. The five goals are: improving coordination, establishing a robust data framework, building geographic information services, obtaining continuing funding, and promoting education and awareness.


More information

More information and documents associated with the WIGICC proposal may be viewed online: