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



GeoMOOSE 2.2 is Released!
By GeoMOOSE Project Steering Committee

A new version of GeoMOOSE, an open source web application framework for displaying geographic data, was officially released in February 2010. Version 2.2, available at, provides exciting new features that users have been requesting, such as:

  • New website with more documentation and a redesigned gallery
  • Implementation of Trac to submit bug and enhancement tickets
  • New layer types such as Bing Maps, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, OpenStreetMap tiles and ArcGIS Server Rest services
  • A new demo application to highlight the additional layer types in a Web Mercator projection
  • Enhancements to the selection/buffer services and ability to download selection results
  • Bug fixes to the geocode and popup services
  • Addition of a feature report service
  • Addition of a query builder service
  • Addition of a user extensions framework to add your own code to GeoMOOSE without modifying the core libraries, an example of this is a dynamic zoom service
  • Addition of custom cursors and scale bars
  • More catalog presentation options

To get started with GeoMOOSE, simply go to the download page and install the software demo.

Out-of-the-Box demo that is available for download with the GeoMOOSE 2.2 release.

What makes GeoMOOSE unique is that it provides an out-of-the-box solution that makes it easy for non-developers to create web-mapping applications with typical tools such as navigate, search, measure and print. Non-developers only need to be comfortable with configuration files. GeoMOOSE has a number of strengths including modularity and configurability, and it delivers a number of core functionalities in its packages. The project has targeted local government business cases to distribute land records information, but many others have used it for much more. Since GeoMOOSE is an open source project, it has built on other popular open source projects such as OpenLayers ( and MapServer (

Please visit the gallery to see how people have been using GeoMOOSE or to submit your own application. You can also visit the live demo from the main website link at the top of the page.

We are excited to see this project go from its inception as an application developed by the City of St. Paul, Minnesota, to an FGDC CAP grant project, to a robust open source software project used by hundreds of people across the world in the last three years. We hope you find the investment made by all the developers a resource to the GIS community. We are excited to see this project grow and we envision continued growth as more and more users find it.

We welcome feedback on the GeoMOOSE project and hope you give the software a try.

Contact the project steering committee for more information