Fall 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Polaris Awards
Student Scholarship Competition
Our 50th Issue

LMIC Budget Restored
Parcel Inventory Updated
Monument Coordinates in Feet

Governor's Council
New Members
Annual Report
Regional Collaboration Panel

Met Council Map Site
MetroGIS Address Dataset

New Funding for Land Data
GeoMoose Web Mapping
Hennepin Co. Mobile Assessor Tool
Remote Aircraft Photography
Clay Co. Addresses

USGS Maps in GeoPDF
Free Landsat Images
TerraLook Free Imagery
NOAA Satellites
USGS Resources for Teachers

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
Geography, History Online

ESRI Map Help

Google Earth Pro Grants

Other Places
Bring Back Geography!
New Parcel Study
MAPPS Loses Lawsuit


2007 Annual Report Online


The FY2007 annual report for the Governor’s Council on Geographic Information summarizes accomplishments from the past year and outlines planned activities for the next. It is online at


Council accomplishments are presented in four categories. Highlights of each are listed below:


     Help people and organizations get the data they need
Launched a new Digital Elevation Committee to advocate improving the state’s elevation data.

     Communicate with Minnesota’s GIS stakeholders
Held a well-attended meeting in St. Cloud focusing on regional collaborations; connected with key stakeholder groups through conferences and newsletters: the GIS/LIS community, Minnesota counties, and the IT, surveying, and utility communities.

     Coordinate federal, state, regional, and local activities
Launched a strategic planning effort to help the state better coordinate its GIS activities; helped to organize a new Minnesota County GIS Association.

     Develop standards and guidelines that support data sharing
Requested that the National Geodetic Survey publish State Plane Coordinates in both meters and feet; contributed to the proposed National Street Address Standard.


Plans for next year include continuing the strategic planning process; working with the Office of Enterprise Technology to integrate geospatial technology with the state’s enterprise technology environment; determining costs and funding options for statewide elevation data; and reviewing and commenting on the proposed federal Wetland Mapping Standard. Details of those activities are subject to modification by next year’s committees.


You do not need to be a council member to participate on a committee. See for more information – this is your chance to get involved!