Winter 2007-8

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

Conference Review
From the Chair
Competition Results
Budget News

GLO Notes Online
Ag/DNR Collaboration Water/Utilities/Telecom Info
NSGIC highlights

Governor's Council
Open for Requests

MetroGIS Business Plan

Goodhue Wetland Model

Pipeline Viewer
Stream Class Problems
Computer Energy Standards

Higher Education
UofM GIS Portfolio
Certificate at Mankato
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
MIIM Internet Mapper

GITA Conference

Craig Wins Award
Zenk NGS Advisor

Other Places
GIS Jobs in Demand
Landsat Island


From the Chair
By Chad Martini, 2007 Chair

It is hard to believe another GIS/LIS conference has come and gone. I hope everyone who attended the first conference in Rochester agrees that it was a great three days of GIS events. I would like to extend my thanks to all of the presenters, vendors, and conference volunteers who made our trip to Rochester so enjoyable.

Our Conference Chair, Rebecca Foster, did a great job of organizing the volunteers who helped with planning and executing the event. The full conference committee membership is on page 3 of the published Conference program and page 3 of It is an enormous task to pull off such a large event, but Rebecca and her team were more than up to the task.

Anyone can volunteer to help with the 2008 conference. Planning usually begins in January, but help is needed throughout the year. Please email Kari Geurts, Conference Chair 2008, at if you would like to help with organizing sessions, entertainment, facilities, workshops, or any of the other duties that need to happen for a successful conference.

The 2007 GIS/LIS Board of Directors is already busy developing spring workshops, so if you would like to volunteer to help or have ideas for workshop topics, please drop us a note at Although the Board is always heavily involved in event planning, anyone can volunteer to help or chair a committee. Also, remember the 2008 Board will be elected by you, the members. Please vote when the election is announced.

Entering my final two months serving as Board Chair, I need to thank each member of the board. I have enjoyed working with such a hands-on group of professionals. With so many talented people, I simply tried to bring everyone together once a month and let each board member utilize their talents to make things happen. Over the past year, GIS/LIS has organized a successful conference, held successful spring workshops, given away thousands of dollars in scholarships, and made membership management easier through the web.

I’m sure we can look forward many more great things in 2008 for GIS/LIS, which will be led by Sally Wakefield.

Thank you all for your help and support in 2007,
Chad Martini