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


MetroGIS Acts on Plan to Insure Continued Relevance
By Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator

While MetroGIS has created public value focusing on building regional datasets and making geospatial information more easily accessible, its future, according to conclusions presented in MetroGIS’s third-generation Business Plan, lies in taking collaborative efforts to the next level of expanding organizational capacities to leverage the benefits of utilizing GIS technology.

The maturation of MetroGIS as an organization is reflected in its new mission statements. The previous mission statement focused on improving access to “accurate, current, secure, of common benefit and readily usable data.”  The new statement recognizes MetroGIS’s longstanding higher-order role as that of facilitating capacity building among its stakeholder organizations to enable greater leveraging of possibilities associated with the evolving world of geographic information systems. It affirms that MetroGIS will “expand stakeholders' capacity to address shared geographic information technology needs through a collaboration of organizations that serve the Twin Cities metropolitan area.”

These conclusions are excerpts from the 2008-2011 MetroGIS Business Plan (, adopted by the MetroGIS Policy Board on October 17, 2007. The new Plan recognizes the importance of continuing to support MetroGIS’s three previously supported core functions:

  • Implement collaborative regional solutions to address shared information needs.
  • Foster widespread access and sharing of geospatial data pertaining to the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing relevant to the advancement of GIS technology.

Leadership also acknowledged that three new scope directions need to be pursued to ensure continued relevance to changing stakeholder needs:

  • Expand solutions to shared geographic information needs beyond data-centric solutions to include applications and, if necessary, related infrastructure.
  • Seek ways to improve interoperability of geospatial resources with the jurisdictions that adjoin the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • Seek opportunities to partner with more non-government interests to collaboratively address information needs they share with government interests.

Finally, the Policy Board in adopting the new Business Plan recognized that expansion of MetroGIS’s scope will require expanded technical leadership and a clear understanding of the role its stakeholders believe MetroGIS should play to address shared application needs.  As a result, the Board adopted an aggressive work plan for 2008 to insure MetroGIS maintains relevance with changing stakeholder needs. Activity is underway to develop recommendations for consideration by the Board at its April 2008 meeting to address these two top priority needs.

The 2008 MetroGIS Work Program ( includes twelve objectives, one or more, in each of the following eight strategic activity areas to ensure that MetroGIS’s key objectives are achieved:

  • Develop and maintain regional data solutions to address shared information needs.
  • Expand regional solutions to include support and development of application services.
  • Facilitate better data sharing.
  • Promote a forum for knowledge sharing.
  • Build advocacy and awareness.
  • Expand MetroGIS stakeholders.
  • Maintain funding policies that make the most efficient and effective use of available resources and revenue for system-wide benefit.
  • Optimize MetroGIS governance and organizational structure.

For more information about the 2008-2011 MetroGIS Business Plan or the 2008 MetroGIS Work Program Objectives, contact Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator, at 651-602-1638 or