Spring 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning
Award Nominations Open

GIS Drive to Excellence
GIS Pandemic Needs
GeoService Finder
Red River LIDAR
Groundwater Webmap
08 Photo Update
Improving Structures Data

Governor's Council
Strategic Planning Directions
Award Nominations Open
Meeting Webcasts

OpenSource Group

Input for State Planning
Goodhue User Group

Census Atlas
Census PSAP
NGAC Named
USGS Research Agenda
Sunspots Impact GPS
GPS with Maps
Geology Map
Soil Viewer Update
Recycle Cell Phones

Higher Education
Dangermond to Speak
UofM Career Day
GIS Primer

Borchert Remembered
Two Minnesotans on NGAC
Jay Bell
Bob McMaster

Other Places
Free GPS Visualizer
Global Incident Map
Russian GPS Update


MapServer User Group Restructures

The Twin Cities MapServer User Group is becoming the Twin Cities, Minnesota chapter of OSGeo (the Open Source Geospatial Foundation,

The chapter’s mission is to build upon the mission and goals of OSGeo by providing local networking and support opportunities and by advocating for Open Source GIS software and OSGeo initiatives through regional groups and conferences.

The Twin Cities MapServer Users Group (TCMUG) was formed alongside the organizing committee for MUM3/OSG '05 in Fall 2004. TCMUG has met near monthly since that time with a mix of social gatherings and technical presentations hosted at various locations around the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

TCMUG is made up of people representing government, non-profit, academic, and private interests. Members of TCMUG are active in several areas within OSGeo. In addition, TCMUG has a strong presence in state and regional GIS initiatives through MetroGIS, the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information, and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium as well as work with Federal Geographic Data Committee grant-funded projects such as the OpenMNND project. Members of TCMUG are active users and developers and have provided a forum in the region not just for MapServer, but also many other Open Source GIS packages.

Continuing Goals
The group plans to:

  • Continue to hold near monthly meetings
  • Advocate for the use of Open Source GIS at regional and state levels
  • Maintain an OSGeo presence at conferences, in particular the Minnesota GIS/LIS annual conference
  • Help act as a breeding ground for new projects

More Information
For more information or to join the chapter’s email list, see the group’s website: or contact David Bitner at or 612-725-6156.