Summer 2012

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Member Portal Upgrade 
2012 Spring Workshops 

New State GIO
State Govt IT Consolidation
Driftwatch Crop Registry
GLO Field Notes Online 
Altered Watercourse Project
Emergency Prep. Blog Update
PCA websites

GECCo Report
Spatial Hotdish

Make-A-Map Upgrade

New Ramsey Co Map Site 
Dakota Co Transport Plan 
State Monuments on Google Earth

National Elevation Assessment
Landsat 40th Anniversary

Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair Report

Other Places
Future Trends in GIS Mgmt



New Features of GISSO Career Fair a Success
By Zeb Thomas, UMN GISSO President 

The 11th Annual Geographic Information Science Student Organization (GISSO) Career and Networking Fair held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus was a success. Approximately 150 guests attended the fair throughout the day, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and others interested in geographic information science. Fourteen vendor booths were open at the fair, providing information about job opportunities, networking, and many discussions on GIS.

Students took advantage of the resume review service provided at the fair and received helpful advice regarding resume and cover letter writing, as well as suggestions on ways to network with GIS professionals.

New this year was the poster competition, sponsored by the U of M’s U-Spatial. Students were invited to showcase their work in GIS at the poster session. Visitors received a ballot to vote on their favorite poster and awards were given for the top three posters:

  • First Place: Peder Engstrom, Identifying opportunities to reduce excess nitrogen in croplands while maintaining current yields
  • Second Place: Kris Johnson, Twin Cities Population Density: through the lens of dasymetric mapping
  • Third Place: Jacqueline Brost, Cartography in GIS: Lost in Translation

The speakers at the fair this year carried a common theme of Web GIS. Nathan Aamot from Esri spoke about ArcGIS online and described Esri’s web services. Two speakers followed from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Jeremy Moore described the background of mobile GIS and demonstrated an interesting approach to a developed application using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Steve Lime provided the audience with trends in online mapping, with some especially useful tips for future web GIS professionals. View his presentation linked from the career fair webpage.

Also new this year was the opportunity for Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) students to present their research. The fair concluded with two student presentations: Chad Sigler discussed ground control points in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica, and Craig Hanson illustrated the debate over the Keystone oil pipeline.

This event was sponsored in part by the Mn GIS/LIS Consortium. Click here for more information about these event grants.

For more information, see the GISSO webpage.