Summer 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning 
Scholarship Update
Annual Report Online

GLO Field Note Project
LiDAR update
FSA Photos 2010

Commendation Nominations

Metro Air Photo Update

Eagan Tracks Diseased Trees
Goodhue Co Historical Features

Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair Report



From the Chair
By Steve Benson, 2010 Chair
Spring Workshops: We had a successful set of GIS/LIS spring workshops at MnDOT's Arden Hills training facility on May 20th. Approximately 100 people attended an array of half-day and full day sessions.
Event Grants: The Consortium offers grants to assist GIS/LIS activities or events in Minnesota such as the U of M GIS Student Organization’s annual Career and Networking Fair. We can provide limited funding for printing costs, mailing costs, meeting room rental fees, food services, speaker fees and advertisements. For details and an application, click here.
The Consortium started up a Facebook account last year, and membership is growing. Mike Dolbow has volunteered to keep this site active and up-to-date. Take a look when you get a chance. While this site is intended to attract and inform more GIS students and GIS professionals, the Consortium’s website will continue to be the main place to go for information about the Consortium and its activities.
The Consortium’s Outreach Committee was responsible for setting up the Facebook page. If you are interested in volunteering on Outreach or any other Consortium committees, please click here for more information or contact a Board member.
Consortium’s Homepage: We continue to promote current events and hot topics, such as workshop registration, on our homepage. Please check in periodically to see what’s happening.
2010 Fall Conference and Workshops: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the GIS/LIS conference, so be watching for special activities at the conference. This year's conference is returning to Duluth on October 13-15. If you are interested in working on the event, or simply want to make a comment or suggestion, contact Conference Chair Stacey Stark at:
Annual report: The Consortium’s Outreach Committee wrote an annual report of the activities and accomplishments of the 2009 Board and members. This very interesting and informative document covers Consortium activities and recaps the conference, including listing award and scholarship recipients. It also presents a brief summary of the Consortium’s budget and cost of the conference.
The database committee continues to work towards building an accessible database so the Consortium can support members who are applying for GIS Professional Certification. The database will allow members to extract information about which conferences they’ve attended, papers/posters delivered and other conference volunteer activities.
Enjoy your summer and come and check us out on Facebook!