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


Secretary Kempthorne Names Members of National Geospatial Advisory Committee
From USGS Press Release

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has named 28 individuals to serve on the new National Geospatial Advisory Committee. The Committee will provide advice and recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and provide a forum to convey views representative of partners in the geospatial community.

"Geospatial information and technology help many programs ranging from wildlife conservation to weather prediction to national security," said Secretary Kempthorne. "This committee will help provide advice and perspectives from a broad range of our partner organizations as we continue to develop new ways to utilize geospatial information for the benefit of the public."

Geospatial data and products, including maps, simulations, and databases, are invaluable tools in the effective management of utility infrastructures, transportation, energy, emergency management and response, natural resource management, climate analysis, disaster recovery, homeland defense, law enforcement, protection planning and other civilian or military strategic issues.

Members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee represent the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology.


Members representing Private Sector, Nonprofits, and Academia:
Sean Ahearn, Hunter College, City University of New York
Allen Carroll, National Geographic Society
David Cowen, University of South Carolina
Jack Dangermond, Environmental Systems Research Institute
Kass Green, The Alta Vista Company
David Maune, Dewberry
Anne Hale Miglarese, Fugro EarthData, Inc.
Charles Mondello, Pictometry International
Kim Nelson, Microsoft Corporation
Matthew O’Connell, GeoEye
John Palatiello, Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors
G. Michael Ritchie, Photo Science
David Schell, Open Geospatial Consortium
Christopher Tucker, IONIC Enterprise

Members Representing Governmental Agencies:
Rizwan Ahmed, State of Louisiana
Timothy M. Bennett, North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, NativeView
Michael Byrne, State of California
Donald Dittmar, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Dennis Goreham, State of Utah
Randall L. Johnson, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, Minnesota
Randy Johnson, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Jerry Johnston, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Barney Krucoff, District of Columbia
Timothy Loewenstein, Buffalo County, Nebraska
Zsolt Nagy, State of North Carolina
Jay Parrish, State of Pennsylvania
Gene Schiller, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Steven Wallach, U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The members of the new committee will report to the chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee, which is the Federal interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in Federal geospatial programs. It is chaired by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary’s designee.

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee, formed under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, will function solely as an advisory body, providing recommendations on effective management of Federal geospatial programs. In particular, it will provide advice on the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which promotes sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors and the academic community.

The Committee is expected to meet three to four times per year. The public will be invited to comment and make suggestions at all committee meetings, which will be announced by publication in the Federal Register at least 15 days prior to the meeting date. The U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, will provide support services for the committee.

The Federal Advisory Committee Act, also known as FACA, was enacted by Congress in 1972 to ensure that advice rendered to the executive branch by advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions formed by Congress and the President, be both objective and accessible to the public. The Act formalized a process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating these advisory bodies.