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


Do It Yourself Mapping
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota

Got data and need a map? You don’t necessarily need expensive software to produce that map. GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use online utility that creates maps and profiles from GPS data (tracks and waypoints), street addresses, or simple coordinates. Use it to see where you've been, plan where you're going, or visualize geographic data (business locations, scientific observations, events, customers, real estate, geotagged photos, etc.).

We just learned about this tool; see It already has made our life easier. A researcher was beginning to ask for some free consulting time to map store locations across Minnesota when she discovered the tool and told us about it. She has her map and we have that time back. I have copied most of the text about GPS Visualizer, written by Adam Schneider, from his website.

GPS Visualizer can read data files from many different sources, including but not limited to: GPX (a standard format from many devices and programs, including Garmin's eTrex and GPSMAP series), OziExplorer, (.loc), IGC sailplane logs, Garmin Forerunner (.xml/.hst/.tcx), Timex Trainer (v1.3+), Cetus GPS, PathAway, cotoGPS, CompeGPS, TomTom (.pgl), IGN Rando (.rdn), Emtac Trine, Suunto X9/X9i (.sdf), NetStumbler/WiFiFoFum, GPSManager, MS Excel, and of course tab-delimited or comma-separated text.

It can output maps in Google Maps, JPEG, PNG, SVG, or Google Earth KML. Other output formats include elevation profile, GPX file, and plain text table.

Editor’s Note: The popular DNRGarmin GPS Application from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources outputs data as GPX and comma-separated text so it is compatible with the GPSVisualizer. For more information or to download the free application, see: