Fall 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Spring Workshop Report

Draft Stormwater Data Standard
LiDAR Update

Lyon Co Sign Inventory
Anoka Co Website
LOGIS Map Books Use USNG
Goodhue ESRI Award

US Topo now for MN

Higher Education
UMD GIS Minor & Certificate
UWRF GIS Certificate

Prepare for NG911

In Memory: Carrie Bartz

Other Places
Wisconsin Strategic Plans
Strategic Directions for Geography
Where are Americans Moving?



Geospatial Coordination in Wisconsin: New Developments
Adapted from the Wisconsin Mapping Bulletin

Two recent reports from our neighboring state of Wisconsin provide insight into recommendations and future directions for their developing state coordinating council and for their long-standing State Cartographer’s Office.

Permanent Coordinating Council Recommended

A report from the interim Wisconsin Geographic Information Coordination Council (WIGICC) documents its progress, actions, and accomplishments since its inception in September 2008, and identifies recommendations for ongoing activities and for permanent establishment of the Council. The report re-emphasizes the continued importance of having a statewide council, with domain-specific representatives, focused on advancing Wisconsin’s geospatial concerns.

The report also identifies a number of other important initiatives that the Council should continue to work on. These include: participate with the Department of Military Affairs to develop a statewide homeland security GIS strategic plan; pursue adoption of the U.S. National Grid for Wisconsin; foster additional activities under existing Communities of Practice; help initiate several new Communities of Practice; foster statewide data development efforts; and enhance outreach efforts, particularly to newly-emerging geospatial users.

For more detail and a link to the full report, click here.

Strategic Plan for the State Cartographer’s Office

A new strategic plan for the office embraces the past, but also considers the many new and emerging changes in digital mapping and geospatial applications.

The plan identifies five strategic priorities:

  1. Facilitate the development of methods for statewide data integration, with the goal of supporting regional, state, and national GIS-based analysis and decision support.
  2. Improve online data discovery and access for Wisconsin’s geospatial community and citizens, with the goal of providing efficient and timely access to best-available local and state data sources.
  3. Develop a geospatial coordination leadership role within and between campuses of the UW system and other institutions of higher education in Wisconsin to foster information sharing, coordination of efforts, and collaboration on initiatives.
  4. Engage more fully with the geospatial research community to ingest, develop and disseminate information about new methods and practices.
  5. Continue efforts to engage, educate, and support the Wisconsin geospatial community.

For more information on the plan, click here.