Summer 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2008 Conference
Silent Auction
Scholarship Winners
Call for Awards

Drive to Excellence Update
Watershed Assessment Tool

Governor's Council
National Grid Lectures
Preparedness Outreach
Call for Commendations

Parcels & Community Devel.

McLeod Co. Uses GeoMoose

Landsat Data Free
Red River LiDAR Update
USGS Flood Map
Ecoregion-Climate Reports

Higher Education
Dangermond Degree
Saint Mary's Update

ESRI & Google

Non-profit GIS User Group

GITA Conference
GITA Scholarship

Other Places
GIS Job Field



ESRI/Google Alliance
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota
People thought it might never happen, but ESRI and Google are working together to deliver serious information on the GeoWeb. Jack Dangermond of ESRI and John Hanke of Google shared a keynote presentation at the Where 2.0 Conference last May to talk about their shared vision and demonstrate its use. That presentation, nearly 30 minutes long but totally engaging, is available in the archive at and also at The latter link has a growing number of interesting comments.
The basic point is that Google can deliver interesting information quickly, while ESRI does useful analysis of many phenomena. Why not allow Google mashups of ESRI analyses? ArcGIS 9.3, delivered this summer, will allow users to publish their data and services to the GeoWeb.
The Where 2.0 conference began in 2005. It is billed as the place “where the grassroots and leading edge developers building location aware technology intersect with the businesses and entrepreneurs seeking out location apps, platforms, and hardware to gain a competitive edge.” The focus is on open source information. Mike Liebhold, who spoke at a MetroGIS forum in 2006, is a member of the program committee.
For more information on the conference and videos of other presentations, see