Spring 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning 
Salary Survey Results

MN Compass
TB Monitoring in Deer
Stimulus Map Phase 2

MN Geospatial Commons Planned

New Arrowhead Imagery
Metro Address Point Specs

GIS in Sewer Inspections - New Brighton

New Generation Topos
Topo Anniversary
The National Map Update
Crop Productivity Index
Crop Data Layer
Census Participation Maps
Occupations Website

GeoMoose New Version
ESRI Grant Program
Guide to Nonprofit GIS and Online Mapping

Other Places
SC Data Policy Development Guide
Map Quizzes



20th Annual MN GIS/LIS Fall Conference Planning
By Stacey Stark, 2010 Conference Chair

Planning has begun for the annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Fall conference and workshops in Duluth. This year’s event is scheduled for October 13-15, 2010 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).

It’s Our 20th Anniversary!
As it will be our 20th Annual Conference, we are brainstorming some extra-special ideas (there are always extra-special ideas, but this year I get to use the excuse of the anniversary!). For example, we would like to celebrate the 20 year history of MN GIS/LIS with a display, panel, and/or activity. If you are interested in contributing to this idea, please let me know.

The opening keynote speaker will be Paul Ramsey, leader of PostGIS, one of the most important open source GIS projects. Paul will also be teaching a PostGIS workshop on Wednesday, and we are working towards another activity/track for open source interests.  Here is another opportunity to get involved in planning and to explore open source GIS.
Workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 13, and a committee is forming to develop a selection of educational, low-cost workshops. They will be half-day, full-day, hands-on, or lecture-style and will range from introductory to advanced topics. The Wednesday reception is always a great chance to relax and reconnect with colleagues before the conference. This year’s activity will be fun and family-friendly; partners and children will be welcome.

A Call for Presentations will be sent out in early spring. Remember, this is a member-driven conference - please consider presenting GIS/LIS-related activities that you have been involved in over the past year.

Following Thursday’s sessions will be the 3rd annual Fun Run/Walk on the Lakewalk, the Poster Session, and the Vendors Reception. Free hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages are served and a cash bar will be available. Entertainment and Birds-of-a-Feather discussions will be planned for Thursday evening as well. These events provide another excellent opportunity to visit with vendors, learn about poster displays, network with colleagues and win door prizes!

On Friday there will be more concurrent sessions, followed by a closing luncheon. At the luncheon, we will recognize scholarship recipients, hear an engaging speaker and end with a brief annual meeting and more door prizes!

Much of the conference is run solely on volunteer effort, and there are a number of ways you can contribute with varying levels of time commitments. Committees are formed around the following topics: workshops, sessions, facilities, entertainment, and communications. Contributing as an instructor, presenter, speaker, etc. is also very helpful. The planning committee would be grateful for any and all volunteers. Thanks to those who have already expressed interest.

Plan to join us in Duluth for a full, engaging conference again this year! Please feel free to contact me at to volunteer or to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.