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


New U of M GIS Portfolio
By Will Craig, CURA, Susanna McMaster, University of Minnesota, and Steven Manson, University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota has long been a leader in GIS and hosts a wide array of teaching and research activities. The GIS community at the University has created a new website that pulls together information about GIS in particular and activities under the aegis of “geospatial science” more generally. The site – Geospatial Science@ University of Minnesota – is available at

The geospatial site provides insight into the depth and breadth of GIS resources at the U of M. Individual sections describe:

  • People – 70 faculty and staff in 23 departments and counting
  • Research – 17 research units and projects
  • Curriculum – Degree programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels supported by 46 courses directly focused on geospatial research and technology and another 35 courses that deal with related topics. These courses span 18 different departments.
  • Facilities – 6 student-centered labs that contain most kinds of geospatial software, including individual student software licenses for Idrisi and ArcGIS.

Of particular interest is the broad array of educational offerings at the University of Minnesota. It offers degrees in different kinds of GISc and geospatial science at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, including a professional Masters of Geographic Information Science. Most U of M courses are open to the public, not just those enrolled in a degree program.