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


Two Randy Johnsons Named to NGAC
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota

Two Minnesotans were named to serve on the new National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). See details in a related story in this newsletter.

Both Minnesotans are named Randy Johnson. One Randy Johnson is the chair of the Hennepin County Board. The other Randy Johnson is the Staff Coordinator of MetroGIS. Both have extensive experience in GIS Policy. Both will make sound contributions to the new committee.

Randy Johnson, the commissioner, has served on the county board since 1978 and has been re-elected eight successive times. In 1997-98 Commissioner Johnson was president of the National Association of Counties (NACo), the national organization that represents the nation’s 3,066 counties. He is current chair of NACo’s GIS Sub-Committee and a member of Harvard’s Policy Group on Strategic Computing. In 2002, Government Technology magazine named Johnson as one of its "GT Top Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology." He has been invited to testify before Congress more often and on more issues than any elected county official in history. He will be a strong representative of county government.

Randall (Randy) Johnson of MetroGIS goes by Randall to avoid confusion. Randy has coordinated MetroGIS's efforts since its inception in 1996 and is a winner of the Polaris Leadership Award in 2007. His vision and energy have encouraged participation and collaboration among a wide group of stakeholders, turning the Twin Cities metropolitan area into an internationally-recognized model for achieving collaborative solutions to shared information needs in addition to the sharing of geospatial data and knowledge. He believes in the NSDI vision and has been a national promoter of regional collaborations through publications and presentations. He will be a strong representative of regional collaboration.

People from around the country ask me if there is a typo on the NGAC roster. I try to explain our unique Scandinavian heritage. There are 22 pages of Johnsons in the Minneapolis phone book. There aren’t so many Randy Johnsons, just half of one column. It really is amazing to have so much talent packed into our corner of the universe.