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


New Metropolitan Council Maps Webpages

By Jessica Deegan and Alison Slaats, GIS Staff, Metropolitan Council


A beta version of new Maps webpages (, offering applications and tools that provide maps and information about communities in the Twin Cities seven county metro area, has recently been released by the Metropolitan Council.


“We listened to our website users, including the public, planners and GIS professionals, who told us that map-related information was dispersed throughout the Metropolitan Council website with little cohesiveness,” said Rick Gelbmann, GIS Manager. “Users want easier access to maps and data, preferably in one place on the website. Also, we heard that datasets need to be easier to understand and use – and ideally we should offer some added value – so that we provide information instead of raw data.”


While many departments at Met Council have a strong record of performing GIS and data analyses to provide useful information, this was not reflected on the website. The beta release of Maps marks the start of Met Council’s effort to share this work via the web.

For example, instead of providing raw population numbers, the Council now offers charts showing population trends in communities and maps showing the spatial distribution of population.


Met Council plans to add much more to its maps pages as time goes on, with the goal of integrating geographic data with other datasets to provide information that is pertinent and useful for the public, planners and GIS professionals. 


You are encouraged to take a look at the Maps pages, where you can:

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