Summer 2011

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning

Composite Image Service
Chronic Wasting Update
LiDAR Update
Metadata Workgroup

Global Elevation Data

Higher Education
Accessibility Matrix & Maps



21st Annual MN GIS/LIS Fall Conference, St. Cloud, MN
By Tami Maddio, 2011 Conference Chair

Fall Conference planning is well underway.  This year’s Conference is returning to St. Cloud at the River’s Edge Convention Center October 5-7, 2011.  Please check the Consortium’s website for updates, and, later in the summer, for registration information and the preliminary program.

Out of this World and Down by the River

The Conference Committee is excited about the line-up of speakers we have for this fall’s conference.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Scott Mest, a Research Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, who is currently a visiting scientist at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  His speech titled A New Age of Planetary Science: Using GIS Software to Study the Surfaces of Planets will discuss NASA’s use of GIS for projects on the Moon and Mars including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission (LRO) that is mapping the surface of the Moon.  Please visit the LRO Mission website for more information.

On Friday, take a break from our high-tech and digitally enhanced lives and listen to our lunch speaker Mr. Kenny Salwey, the “Last River Rat”, tell stories about his life on the Mississippi River.  Kenny is a master storyteller and will be sure to entertain and enlighten.  For more information on Kenny Salwey, please see this video or check out the two books he’s written:  The Last River Rat and Kenny Salwey’s Tales of a River Rat.

Workshops and Sessions

There is good variety in the Wednesday workshops.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the workshop surveys; they help the Workshop Committee to provide educational and timely topics.  We are offering 14 half- or full-day workshops which will be held at St. Cloud State University.

The Sessions Committee is pleased to offer a great selection of presentations.  Presenters from all over the state will cover a wide variety of GIS topics including Government, Environmental, Utilities, Web Applications, Mobile GIS and many more. Also, returning this year are the lightning rounds.  These twelve-minute presentations are intended to exhibit works-in-progress or to give a brief overview, leaving the audience with a key point to remember.

Now that’s Funny

The Wednesday evening reception is always a great way to network and relax after the workshops and before the conference begins on Thursday.  This year’s entertainment will really be a joke.  We have a line-up of local comedians slated to perform at the Red Carpet in St. Cloud.  Get ready to kick back, laugh and reconnect with other GIS professionals.

Onsite Program Advertising Opportunity

New this year, GIS vendors will have the opportunity to advertise in the conference onsite program, providing a way to connect with potential clients at a reasonable cost.  Advertisers can choose from 4 sizes of black-and-white ads which will reach over 500 GIS professionals attending the State’s premier GIS conference.  For details and to download an Onsite Advertising Agreement, visit the Consortium’s website here, or contact Tami Maddio at

Young Professionals Mentor Program

We are continuing the successful Young Professionals Mentor Program in 2011.  Participating students will be paired with participating GIS professionals and will meet at the conference.  Contact Stacey Stark ( to sign up to be a mentor or for questions.  Schools will be notified in early September to fill the mentee slots.  You don't have to be young or a student to be a mentee - any graduate of a GIS program 2011 or later will qualify!

If you have any questions regarding the MN GIS/LIS 2011 Conference and Workshops, please contact Tami Maddio, Conference Chair, at