Spring 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning
Volunteer Opportunities
Scholarship Winners

Drive to Excellence Update
USNG in Minnesota
Mn/DOT GIS Portal
LCC-GIS and Redistricting

Governor's Council
CTU and USNG standards out for review
Next Generation 9-1-1

Services Forum Results
Address Point Synchronization

Tracking Utility Trucks
Watershed E. coli Study

Mapping Floods
Improvng Flood Maps
Height Modernization

URISA Skills Survey
MHS Map Exhibit

Randy Johnson, ESRI GIS Hero

Other Places
Web 2.0 for Local Government
Economics and Place



MetroGIS Launches New Web Services Workgroups
By Mark Kotz, Chair, MetroGIS Technical Leadership Workgroup

In November 2008, MetroGIS held a Geospatial Applications and Web Services Needs Forum. Twenty-three representatives from various stakeholder groups identified and prioritized 42 different ideas for needed applications and web services. Details can be found in the forum turnaround document .

The results of the forum were further analyzed by the MetroGIS Technical Leadership Workgroup, which recommended that five new workgroups be launched to focus on the following priority needs:

  1. A web service that would list all jurisdictions that exist at a particular point (e.g. city, county, school district, voting precinct, etc.) and the closely associated need for a web service or application that finds appropriate or nearest government services based on a particular location.
  2. Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant feature services available for all geospatial data and feature services available in a secured environment.
  3. A web service that shows the "best" imagery available. The big question is what constitutes "best".
  4. A service that determines if the U.S. Postal Service will mail to a given address and that also provides the USPS standardized formatting of that address.
  5. A federated data development environment strategy that facilitates the creation and maintenance of a single metro-wide dataset by multiple authoritative sources.

In response to these recommendations, more than 24 volunteers have stepped forward, helping to begin forming the first four workgroups. The fifth workgroup is on hold awaiting progress on this topic by the MetroGIS Address Workgroup which is working on a model of federated data development for address points data. An additional workgroup to focus on data for landmarks is also proposed.

Each workgroup has been asked to decide if funding will be needed to accomplish their charge and, if so, to offer a proposal for consideration by the Coordinating Committee this spring. The 2009 MetroGIS budget includes $35,000 for these purposes.

For more information, contact Mark Kotz at or 651-602-1644.