MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Winter 2008
ISSUE 55

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

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2008 Conference Summary
From the Chair

New Scholarship Chair

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

Regional
MetroGIS Services Forum

Local
Carver Recreation Portal
Stearns Property Mgmt. Portal
Goodhue Americorps Projects

Federal
2009 CAP Grants

Higher Education
UofM GIS Resources
Goodchild Talk

Non-Profits
Resources for Educators

People
Craig NSGIC Chair

Borchert Conservation Hero

Other Places
Strange Maps
GIS Day Video

 

 

Geographic Information and Web 2.0
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota
 
Michael Goodchild was the featured speaker at the University of Minnesota’s GIS Day celebration. The event was the second in the U’s annual Borchert Lecture Series. Goodchild, like John Borchert before him, is a geographer and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has a Lifetime Achievement Award from ESRI and a host of other honors.
 
He spoke about “Geographic Information in the World of Web 2.0.” In Web 2.0, people contribute information; Wikipedia is the classic example. Geographic information in Web 2.0 is volunteered. It is asserted, rather than authoritative as in the traditional system. Typically, it is provided by local residents who know much more about their part of the world than experts in a national bureaucracy. Certainly it can be very effective for identifying mistakes and changes in traditional systems.
 
Goodchild’s talk is available online at:
Editor’s Note:  Find a related interview with Michael Goodchild in ESRI's ArcWatch e-Magazine (December 2008 issue) about the pros and cons of volunteered geographic information: http://www.esri.com/news/arcwatch/1208/goodchild-talks.html