Council accomplishments are presented in four categories. Highlights of each are listed below:
Help people and organizations get the data they need
Helped the state secure federal grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the state hydrography data framework ($300,000) and from the Federal Geographic Data Committee to develop an ongoing process for mapping critical infrastructure ($50,000).
Communicate with Minnesota’s GIS stakeholders
Expanded the Council website to provide useful information about emergency preparedness.
Coordinate federal, state, regional, and local activities
Helped launch a new Governor’s Drive to Excellence initiative focused on state enterprise GIS. Supported the effort by involving many state agencies and local government representatives.
Develop standards and guidelines that support data sharing
Worked with the state’s Office of Enterprise Technology to develop an interim process for adopting state GIS standards.
Plans for next year include helping the state respond to the Drive to Excellence report; initiating initial operational capability for the Go Team to support emergency responses; and developing recommendations to update the Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines. Details of those activities are subject to modification by next year’s committees.