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



Bob Marx, GIS Pioneer at the U.S. Census, Has Passed Away
Robert W. Marx, former Chief of the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau, succumbed to an illness on September 7, 2009.
Bob had roots in Minnesota and was honored with a MN GIS/LIS Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bob served as Chief of the Geography Division from 1983 to 2003 (interrupted by a 3-year period as Associate Director in the 1990s to prepare for Census 2000). He was the architect of the Census Bureau's TIGER System which began in the early 1980s as a collaborative effort with the U.S. Geological Survey. Bob was a visionary who sought ways to advance the importance of census geography through new technological developments that were made practical through useful applications. By making spatial data for the nation available, the TIGER effort opened the way for GIS development and created an entire new industry which continues to grow. Bob was a friend to all and will be sadly missed by his colleagues.
During his more than 36-year career at the Census Bureau, he received several awards for exceptional performance, including the Department of Commerce's Gold and Silver Medals, and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.
Bob Marx is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan. They have two grown sons and eight grandchildren.