Fall 2008

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

Drive to Excellence
More Photos Online

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

MetroGIS Geocoder

Hugo Tornado Response
New Brighton Housing

Higher Education
Chimp Behavior

Rep. Walz Honored
In Memorium: Phil Kelley

Other Places
NSGIC Addressing White Paper
Online Addressing Seminar
GIS Associations Unite



Online Address Seminar
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota and Mark Kotz, Metropolitan Council

Bill Holland and Peter Thum of GeoAnalytics delivered a Webcast seminar on addresses on April 17, 2008. The seminar was recorded and is available for viewing at The seminar lasts about one hour. We think nearly everyone will find something worthwhile here.

The Power of Spatially-Enabled Master Address Data Management covers four areas:

  1. Anatomy of Addresses
  2. Types, Uses, and Management Challenges
  3. An Enterprise Solution Architecture
  4. Examples

We consider ourselves fairly savvy on addresses and found Part 1 to be too basic, but a good introduction to and overview of the geographic aspects of and quirks of addresses. Parts 2 and 4 were about right for us. Part 4 presents work that GeoAnalytics is doing in Orange County, Florida. This is a large jurisdiction with complicated components, but the basic concepts will work anyplace.

Part 3 on Enterprise Solutions was full of more good material than we could digest in one sitting. If this is something you are working on in your organization right now, it might be worth watching this closely. Others may want to move the slider forward or backward in the presentation to skip over something that’s not relevant.

There are a few technical challenges in viewing the seminar:

  • The Better Management website requires you to register at the "Full Media" level to view the seminar.
  • Use Internet Explorer, not FireFox.
  • If you experience difficulties watching, you may need to upgrade your media player or swap between Windows Media Player and Real Player.
  • Ignore the surveys that pop up in mid-seminar. They were only relevant to the folks participating in the live event.