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


Using GPS With Maps
Adapted from USGS SILS Bulletin

Confused about how to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) with a topographic map? Using GPS With Maps is a package containing a DVD, a coordinate ruler and a practice map that will provide you with a hands-on guide. GPS with Maps is ideal for trip planning and finding your position in the field. It takes you step-by-step through the basics of a topographic map, latitude/longitude and the UTM coordinate systems. The DVD explains how to make your map and GPS work together to get the most out of any outdoor adventure. Explaining the global positioning system setup takes the mystery out of using a GPS unit with standard U.S. Geological Survey paper maps.

The coordinate scale grid ruler has an exclusive slot design which creates a 4-edged ruler that accurately measures positions in both coordinate systems on 1:24,000-scale USGS maps. Units of measure include meters, miles, minutes-seconds, and decimal minutes. You can use the coordinate ruler and the practice map to enter a map position into your GPS and to transfer the GPS coordinates back to the map.

This product was not produced by USGS but is available from the USGS Science Information and Library Services (SILS) in Denver. To place an order, call the SILS offices at 1-888-ASK-USGS, or go online to the USGS store at:  

Stock #112121
Price: $19.95