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


City GIS Sites

By Will Craig, University of Minnesota


A recent article by the Wall Street Journal highlights new efforts by cities to share geographic data with citizens and businesses. Many of these new mapping efforts are based on Google Earth or ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer.


Portland Oregon, for example, provides maps of recent crimes, building permits, city capital improvement projects, airport noise, and more. With the use of Google Earth, many maps can be displayed in 3-D. For more information see


Denver provides many of the same types of maps at, though their maps tend to be less current.


The thrust of the article is that cities are getting data out of internal files and putting them out where people can use them. This is good business for these cities, because it saves staff time while encouraging an informed citizenry.


“New software adds a whole new dimension to local-government data,” by Kevin J. Delaney, was published March 26 in the Wall Street Journal. A preview of the article is available to online at


Sample “Crime Grid - Last 12 Months” map from