MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Fall 2008
ISSUE 54

MN GIS/LIS NEWS
The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2008 Conference
From the Chair

Intro to Scholarship Winners
Polaris Winners

State
Drive to Excellence
More Photos Online

Governor's Council
FY09 Appointments
Annual Report
Commendation Winners
Rochester Meeting

Regional
MetroGIS Geocoder

Local
Hugo Tornado Response
New Brighton Housing

Higher Education
Chimp Behavior

People
Rep. Walz Honored
In Memorium: Phil Kelley

Other Places
NSGIC Addressing White Paper
Online Addressing Seminar
GIS Associations Unite
CIOs on GIS
NSGIC Blog

 

 

2008 Annual Report Online

The FY2008 annual report for the Governor’s Council on Geographic Information summarizes accomplishments from the past year and outlines planned activities for the next. It is online at http://www.gis.state.mn.us/pdf/AnnualReport-GCGI-2008.pdf

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.

You do not need to be a council member to participate on a committee. See http://www.gis.state.mn.us/committee/ for more information – this is your chance to get involved.