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



Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) Formed
From URISA website and NSGIC Blog

Several national geospatial organizations have recently come together to create the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO). The Coalition evolved after several "Stakeholder" meetings that took place on an irregular basis since 2003. In August 2007, several of these organizations met to discuss areas of mutual concern and interest. In order to promote openness and effective collaboration, it was decided that the group should become a more formal organization. The organization became official on August 2008 in San Diego.

COGO was developed to provide a forum for organizations concerned with national geospatial issues that will:

  1. Improve communications among the member organizations (and others)
  2. Provide educational information on relevant issues for their respective memberships
  3. Align and strengthen their respective policy agendas
  4. Facilitate development of strategies to address national issues

COGO participants have met regularly in 2008 to draft the COGO Rules of Operation and Procedure (PDF) which follow the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES) Model of organization, whereby COGO will undertake legal or advocacy action only through unanimous agreement of all of the Member Organizations. Advisory organizations have an associate membership.

Initial COGO Member Organization Participants are:

  • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM)
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)
  • Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA)
  • GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)
  • International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
  • Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS)
  • National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
  • University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

The group also elected its first group of officers:

  • Chair: Cyril R. Smith (NSGIC)
  • Chair-Elect: Curtis W. Sumner (ACSM)
  • Secretary: George Donatello (IAAO)

Current COGO Advisory Organization Participants are:

  • National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
  • Western Governors Association (WGA)
  • American Planning Association (APA)

For more information, contact Wendy Nelson, Executive Director URISA,