Fall 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Past News Issues

MnGeo Update
Municipal Boundaries
Statewide LiDAR Update

LiDAR for Conservation
Geology/Ground Water Info

Governor's Council
Structures Grant
Arrowhead Collaboration

Goodhue Flood Site
LOGIS gGov Project
Winona Township Atlas
SMSC Presettlement Map

USGS Digital Map
FSA Photos '09
Congress & GIS Governance
Air Quality Maps
Presidential Election Map

Higher Education
UWRF Update
Monmonier at UofM

Scandia Resource Plan

Goodhue Land Use Model

Memorium: Bob Marx

Other Places
ASPRS 2011 Conference



From the Chair
By Rebecca Foster, 2009 Chair
MnGeo: The Consortium was honored to support and speak at the Point of Beginning meeting on June 24 that wrapped up the Drive to Excellence "Enterprise GIS" project and introduced the new Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) by providing a grant for refreshments.
Grant Money: Are you looking for financial or advertising support for your GIS/LIS activity or event? Did you know that the MN GIS/LIS Consortium can provide funding (typically less than $1000 per request since our funds are limited) for printing costs, mailing costs, meeting room rental fees, food services, speaker fees and advertisements for GIS/LIS activities or events in Minnesota? The request form and full instructions are available here.
2009 Fall Conference and Workshops: Online registration is open and the excitement of returning to Duluth is approaching fast! All of you should have received a conference brochure describing this year’s highlights for the 19th annual Fall Conference and Workshops on October 21-23. Visit our website for a full Preliminary Program with registration instructions. If you have any questions or comments, contact this year's Conference Chair, Jeff Storlie, at:
Salary Survey: As part of its mission to support the GIS professional in Minnesota, the Consortium has historically conducted GIS skills/salary surveys. These surveys help develop a picture of current GIS salaries in Minnesota, with some ability to correlate that with job responsibilities and educational background. The results will help current professionals assess where they are and give people considering a career in the field a better idea what to expect. This will be useful both for job seekers and for employers. The results will be ready for the Fall Conference. The last salary survey was completed in 2002 and those results can be found here.
Consortium’s Job Bank: We have revised our GIS Jobs link that is on the lefthand side of our homepage. The site has been renamed “Job Bank”. The Job Bank is hosted by the Consortium – anyone can post or search for a GIS/LIS job or internship within Minnesota and surrounding states (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin). Positions may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid.
Consortium’s History: How many of you know when the Consortium was formed or what its original name was? Check out our new History link on the lefthand side of our homepage to find out the answers.
In addition, we’ve scanned the earliest issues of MN GIS/LIS News, so now all past issues of our newsletter are online – see what the Minnesota GIS community was up to back through Fall 1988!
Membership is Free: The Consortium currently has 2500 members. Members include GIS/LIS professionals from local, state, and federal government agencies; business and industry; educational institutions; and nonprofits. Anyone can become a member by signing up at our website or, if you’re already a member, please review your member profile and update if needed. I don’t want you to miss out on an important training opportunity, E-announcement of current events, or the quarterly newsletter.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Duluth!