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


Global Incidents Map
From website

A new website provides a global display of terrorism and other suspicious events that have been covered in the news. Individual incidents are displayed by symbol, but can be labeled with a mouse roll-over, and event details are available by clicking on the symbol. See

The display operates in familiar ways. It starts with a global view that can be displayed as an outline map, satellite view, or hybrid. Panning and zooming operations are available.

The following events are tracked:

  • Airport / aviation incidents
  • Arson / fire incidents
  • Biological incidents / threats / anthrax hoaxes
  • Bomb incidents / explosives / hoax devices
  • Chemical incidents
  • Dam incidents
  • Radiation incidents / smuggling / proliferation
  • Chemical attacks
  • Other suspicious activity
  • Shipping / maritime / ports / cargo / waterways security
  • Assassination / assassination attempts
  • Railways / train stations
  • Bus stations / bus security / bus-related incidents
  • Bridge / tunnel incidents and security
  • Shootings / sniper incidents
  • Terrorist arrests / captured / killed locations
  • General terrorism news
  • Oil and gas infrastructure – incidents / threats / news
  • Food / product tampering
  • Embassy / consulate incidents or threats

Companion sites track Illegal Alien Activity and Amber Alerts in the USA.

Additional sites are promised for future release: Bird Flu and USA School Incidents.


The website says little about the nature of the sponsors. It says this free public service website was created by the publishers of and to give the public, law enforcement, military, and government individuals a new way to visualize and become quickly aware of terrorism and security incidents across the world.

While this website employs much automation, the news gathering itself is not automated – news items are located, reviewed, and manually entered into the database. They do not have adequate staffing so there are periods of each day when events are delayed in getting onto the map. See the FAQ section on the site for more detail on sources and selection criteria.

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