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



Minnesota wins NASCIO Award
From NASCIO website
Minnesota won a 2008 award from NASCIO for Applications for Road Closures and Routing and Common Operating Picture for the I-35W Bridge Collapse.
Founded in 1969, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) represents state chief information officers and information technology executives and managers from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
Annually they present Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology. Successful information technology initiatives in state government deserve to be highlighted and shared in order to promote innovation, foster better government, and engage citizens. Emphasis is placed on recognizing those information technology initiatives which exemplify best practices, support the public policy goals of state leaders, assist government officials to innovatively execute their duties, and provide cost-effective service to citizens.
Common Operating Picture website
The Minnesota project won the national award in the Digital Government: Government to Government category which recognizes digital government initiatives aimed at enhancing intergovernmental collaboration, cross-jurisdictional services and intergovernmental transaction processing. In response to the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, August 1, 2007, the project had developed web applications to quickly publish incident site information to city staff and responders, and to communicate to the public how the bridge collapse would impact their transportation needs.
The project was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Team members for the project were:
  • Mn/DOT – Sonia Dickerson, John Harrison, Joella Givens, Charlie McCarty, Peter Morey, Dan Ross, Fred Sasse
  • City of Minneapolis – James Murphy, Jon Obermoller, John Janzen, Mark Benishek, Steve Misterek, , Paul Weinberger, Paul Cameron, Eero Kilkson, Grant Johnson, Debra Parker, Lynn Willenbring
  • ESRI – Frank Baxter, Tom Bushey, Evan Marshall, James Neild, Mansour Raad, Jim Westman, Tom Kreykes, Tom Swanson
The award was formally announced at the NASCIO Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 23, 2008.
Read the full nomination document for a summary of the project, its significance and its benefits.