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


Governor’s Council Requests Input from Non-State Agency Stakeholders
By Annette Theroux, Pro-West and Associates

The Strategic Planning Committee of the Governor’s Council on Geographic Information is charged with advising the State of Minnesota’s Drive To Excellence Steering Team on organizational and functional transformations needed for better coordination of state agency GIS activities and efforts (see the article on the Drive to Excellence Initiative). A significant component of the functional transformation will be to identify the business functions of state agencies, the role GIS currently plays in state agencies, and how agency functions can be enhanced or supported by GIS.

Although the functional transformation is aimed at state agencies, it is widely recognized that state agencies need to interact regularly with external stakeholders, including local government, as part of their ongoing business activities. Therefore, as part of this initiative the Committee is seeking input from non-state agency stakeholders in the broad statewide GIS community.

A Stakeholder Workgroup of the Strategic Planning Committee is being formed to provide input to the Committee about interactions of state and non-state agencies in Minnesota, and to inform non-state-agencies of the progress of the work of the Strategic Planning Committee. If you are interested in participating in the workgroup or know of any organization that is interested in being included, please contact me. We will be contacting organizations and individuals during March.


For more information about this workgroup, contact Annette Theroux at:
            8239 State 371 NW
            PO Box 812
            Walker, MN 56484

            Phone: 218-547-3374 ext 108
            Fax: 218-547-3375