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


Harvey Publishes New GIS Primer
From publisher’s website

A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts, by Francis Harvey, University of Minnesota, has just been published by Guilford Press.

This pragmatic book introduces key concepts and skills to prepare students to understand and use GIS. The text thoroughly explains what geographic information is, how it is represented and analyzed, and what it communicates about human and environmental activities and events that take place on our planet. Basic principles of map making and map reading are integrated with discussions of relevant information technologies and applications.

Written in an accessible style, the text is organized into four parts that can be used in any sequence in entry-level and more specialized GIS courses. User-friendly features include practical examples and exercises, engaging vignettes, and helpful Internet resources.


I. Communication and Geographic Understanding
1. Goals of Cartography and GI: Representation and Communication
2. Choices in How to Make Representations
3. GI and Cartography Issues

II. Principles of GI and Cartography
4. Projections
5. Locational and Coordinate Systems
6. Databases, Cartography, and GI
7. Surveying, GPS, Digitization
8. Remote Sensing
9. Positions, Networks, Fields, and Transformations

III. Advanced Issues in GI and Cartography
10. Cartographic Representation
11. Map Cultures, Misuses, and GI
12. Administration of Spaces

IV. GI Analysis: Understanding Our World
13. GI Analysis and GIS
14. Geostatistics
15. Futures of GIS

More Information

This 309 page book is available in paperback for $50.00, and in hardcover for $84.00.

For more information, including a sample chapter on Projections, or to order the book, see