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


LMIC Receives Grant to Improve Structures Data
By John Hoshal, Land Management Information Center

The Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC) and its project partners have received a 2008 National Spatial Data Infrastructure CAP grant to improve data available for four types of structures in Minnesota:

  • Schools (public and private)
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Police stations
  • Fire stations

Funded by the Federal Geographic Data Committee, this project seeks to develop partnerships and the technical capacity for the statewide collection, publication and long term, sustainable maintenance of this data.

Minnesota Structures Collaborative – An Initiative to Support the National Map and NSDI is intended to:

  • Identify existing public/private GIS data resources in Minnesota for structures data.
  • Identify custodians of the most accurate and complete versions of schools, hospitals/clinics, police stations and fire station locations.
  • Determine minimum attribution requirements for each data type. Consideration will be given to attributes that may not be publicly available due to national security concerns.
  • Ensure that data is documented using FGDC and Minnesota metadata standards.
  • Harvest available data and assess its resolution, accuracy, completeness and currency.
  • Propose a stewardship program for each custodian of each structure type that will ensure its yearly update, long-term maintenance and availability. This program will emphasize engaging local government in the process.
  • Publish the structures data for public consumption through existing federal and state data clearinghouses, portals and web services.

LMIC will work closely with members of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information’s Emergency Preparedness Committee and with MetroGIS.

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