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


Goodhue County Forms GIS Users Group

By Sarah Schrader, Goodhue County GIS Specialist


Goodhue County has formed a GIS users group which officially started on January 2, 2008. Beginning in November 2006, Goodhue County GIS staff approached representatives from each of the municipalities within Goodhue County as well as the Prairie Island Indian Community and Goodhue County Cooperative Electric. Goodhue County proposed to form a county-wide GIS users group which would include a cost-sharing agreement.


This group of representatives continued to meet and discuss the initiative until early summer 2007. County staff then presented to the different city councils and agency boards from August to October 2007 regarding the users group formation and to ask for their participation. Agencies currently participating in the users group initiative have signed a two-year term of agreement. Current participating agencies include: Goodhue County, the City of Cannon Falls, the City of Kenyon, the City of Red Wing, and the Prairie Island Indian Community.


Some of the objectives of the GIS users group include:


  • Fostering a stronger GIS relationship between Goodhue County and participating agencies.
  • Assuring uniformity and accuracy of data created and used throughout the county.
  • Reducing the duplication of effort and expense related to GIS projects, including data collection and data maintenance.

Membership benefits include:


  • More efficient distribution of updated Goodhue County GIS data, including parcels, orthophotos, 2-foot contours, street centerlines, and others.
  • Access to county GIS personnel for special projects or online mapping site updates.
  • Shared cost of agency-specific online GIS mapping sites.
  • Access to GIS data and/or functionality in addition to what is currently available on Goodhue County's public online mapping site.

For more information about the users group, go to: