Winter 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2008 Conference Summary
From the Chair

New Scholarship Chair

Drive to Excellence Update
2008 FSA Photos
Mn/DOT Image Services

MetroGIS Services Forum

Carver Recreation Portal
Stearns Property Mgmt. Portal
Goodhue Americorps Projects

2009 CAP Grants

Higher Education
UofM GIS Resources
Goodchild Talk

Resources for Educators

Craig NSGIC Chair

Borchert Conservation Hero

Other Places
Strange Maps
GIS Day Video



Carver County Launches Recreation Portal
By Peter Henschel, GIS Supervisor, Carver County

Carver County has launched a new website to promote active living initiatives for all ages. The site, GoCarverGo, provides citizens access to information about physical activities and active living events throughout their community. The site also offers a new mapping application called the Trail and Recreation Information Portal (TRIP). TRIP provides an easy-to-use web mapping interface that accesses GIS layers for parks, trails and lakes.

Site Development: Carver County GIS contracted with Houston Engineering and GeoDecisions to develop the TRIP application using the ESRI ArcGIS Server 9.3 JavaScript and REST API's. The JavaScript API provided a simple user interface that focused on usability by non-experienced GIS users. It provides performance benefits by using map cache services and reduction in server-side computation. The application is almost entirely JavaScript code, allowing GIS staff to make enhancements or modifications to the application.

Collaborative Effort: The GIS data supporting the TRIP application is available thanks to a county-wide data sharing effort. Without the support of the cities providing their GIS data, verifying accuracy, and collecting photo points, the application would not have the functionality that you can find within it today. The county will continue to work collaboratively with the cities to add new functionality and update the GIS data within the application.
Please visit for a look.
Other Carver County GIS services can be found at
For more information, contact Peter Henschel at or 952-361-1549.