MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Fall 2009
ISSUE 58

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

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Past News Issues

State
MnGeo Update
Municipal Boundaries
Statewide LiDAR Update

SE LiDAR
LiDAR for Conservation
Geology/Ground Water Info

Governor's Council
Structures Grant
Arrowhead Collaboration

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

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

Higher Education
UWRF Update
Monmonier at UofM

Private
Scandia Resource Plan

Non-Profits
Goodhue Land Use Model

People
Memorium: Bob Marx

Other Places
ASPRS 2011 Conference


 

 

Congress Looks at GIS Governance
Will Craig, University of Minnesota
 
Recent activity in Congress shows a new interest in GIS. Two new reports from the Congressional Research Service provide background information to members of Congress; these are usually produced only on request, so someone cares. Also, a recent “oversight hearing” was held on federal GIS data management; up to now Congress has let the Executive branch worry about this. All this material is available online.
 
Reports
 
Two reports from the Congressional Research Service touch on critical issues. Both are in PDF format:
Hearing – Video and Written Testimony
 
On July 23, 2009, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, led by Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), held an oversight hearing on "Federal Geospatial Data Management." The hearing was webcast and recorded. The video (1 hour 31 minutes) along with written testimony is on the committee website.